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Ian Johnson 112/01/2020 00:54:36
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This is a good news story:

Bit of a weird day today started at precisely 0730hrs (UK time) with the house intruder alarm going off, went down stairs in the pitch black to find nothing electrical working! Found a torch and checked fuses, slowly realised it was a power failure to the house.

Quick phone call to 105 electricity fault helpline, SP Energy sent out an engineer who arrived about 90 minutes later. Turns out my house supply is fed from next door, who also had no power. They organised a large portable wheeled generator to be delivered and wired up a temporary supply to both houses all done within 3-4 hours of the fault.

A couple of hours later a team arrived to dig up next doors front garden to find and fix the offending faulty joint, all done and full mains power back on by 10pm same day.

Excellent response from SP Energy and the guys doing the work, very professional.

It's good to see high standards and good work ethic still exists in the country.


Steviegtr12/01/2020 01:02:45
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You may want to change the battery in your alarm.

Pero12/01/2020 03:16:30
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Not necessarily. Many alarm systems are designed to trip when the mains supply is interrupted. The fact that the alarm was sounding indicates that there is life in the battery.

On my system the alarm also trips when the the mains re-connects and it is necessary to punch in the alarm code to re-set the system.

That being said, it is a sad fact that the re-chargeable gel cells which provide the back-up for most systems do eventually die and must be replaced. Again, depending on the system, the alarm panel may indicate when the battery needs replacing. Alternatively you can check the voltage as it should be fully charged when on standby.

If you are monitoring battery condition yourself, an annual check when you replace your smoke alarm batteries ( or other standby batteries ) is a good idea.

If a replacement is indicated you either need to change the battery or have your alarm company do this for you. As the alarm companies generally charge a small fortune for this service it is much cheaper if you can do it yourself. If you have a monitored alarm you may need to warn the alarm company in advance that you are servicing the system to save on the cost if the security have to pay a visit, or the grumbles if the constabulary have to attend!


Ian Johnson 112/01/2020 10:07:24
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Yes the alarm needs servicing! But I think it is designed to detect interference with the power supply, I need to read the manual!

Steviegtr12/01/2020 23:43:10
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Yes but sometimes the battery in the panel is duff but the SABU batteries are ok. So it goes off.

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