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I have an alarm mounted at home, which I don't use (it was installed by previous owners). The annoying feature is that it turns on after every power failure (i.e. when the power comes back - its rubbish enough not to have any internal power source). How can I disable it? The only thing I know about this unit is the name 9448 written on the main panel.

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Do you mean the internal buzzer in the keypad or control panel, or one of the bells? – Niall C. Feb 24 '11 at 20:26
take off the cover plate and disconect the wires. If you don't want to use it then just cut the wires flush and tape them to the back so they don't get lost; in case you want to use it in the future. – boxed-dinners Feb 24 '11 at 20:54
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Most alarms are plugged into a transformer, which is plugged into the wall. Easiest way is to find that, and disconnect it.

alarm transformer

If there is no transformer, and it is hard-wired directly to mains power, then you have a couple options:

  • If it's on its own circuit, turn off the breaker (or disconnect fuse)
  • Turn off the breaker to it. Open the panel, and then disconnect the mains wires, and cap them off with wire nuts, before turning the breaker back on. The wires should look like your regular house wiring (in contrast to the small cat3 wiring the alarm sensors use).

It could also be hardwired to an external transformer (like a doorbell is), though I've personally never seen an alarm installed that way. If so, same options as before:

  • If it's on its own circuit, turn off the breaker (or disconnect fuse)
  • Disconnect the wires from the transformer, or inside the panel. They should be black and red or black and white, and marked something like "Pwr in" or "12V DC" or "24V AC". In the pic below, the power wires are the thicker wires on the left side: two go to the battery, and two go to the transformer/mains.

panel wiring

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I actually found in a different forum that the reason the alarm turns on after a power failure is because the battery (that I didn't even know about) is dead. I ended up replacing the battery and it is ok now.

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