I switched from my old security alarm to a diy alarm system. I want to completely shut down the old alarm system and keypad. Is I possible to remove the wires of the transformer? I don't know what to do with it. I don't to just let it dangle. I am nervous to close it inside the box because I don't want it pressing on the transformer wire. What is the safest way to store/ hide the wire connecting the transformer to the wall? enter image description here

  • Just cutting it could be dangerous. You need to trace it back to the origin and disconnect it there. If that's not possible, pull as much as you can, cut, then cap off each wire separate.
    – dandavis
    Aug 13, 2020 at 18:06

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The wire from the transformer goes into the wall and right back into your alarm panel with the rest of the wires to energize it. Unscrew the wires from the transformer and just tuck them into the wall by the outlet in case you ever want to use the panel again. Tuck the transformer into the alarm box and shut it. There doesn't appear to be any backup batteries but if there are, disconnect them too.


(Mostly) Nevermind - @JACK is right - I missed that this was a plug-in transformer that had been relocated from its normal position. I'm still not thrilled about the cable from it, but you could either tuck it away or pull it out altogether. I'm going to leave most of this here in case it's of use to someone with a "similar but different" install, but it's mostly not applicable to this install with that detail clear.

Well that's an ugly and potentially code-violating install. I can't tell if the cable from below the outlet is from a low-voltage supply bodged to the outside of the outlet and buried in the wall, or is carrying line voltage on low voltage type wire. Neither is "in a workman-like manner" and the latter is downright dangerous.

First: Find the circuit breaker or fuse supplying that outlet and turn it off there.

Then: Pull the outlet and look for "extra wires" - perhaps edit your post with new pictures. I suspect you'll have a pair of wires feeding something attached outside the box (which you can disconnect and cap, making that supply dead and no longer wasting power without having to rip the wall open to get it out), or you'll find the other end of that tiny white cable with red and black wires that should definitely NOT be connected to line voltage. If it is a low voltage supply outside the box, Once the supply wires are disconnected, you can cut the cable off without concern. Pencil in ripping the wall open to remove that thing (if present) next time you plan to repaint in this area.

  • The transformer plugs into that outlet, note the prong toward the right of the tx. Then the secondary, connections to the left, goes into the wall and comes back into the alarm box where it energizes the system.. I've seen it many times.... not sure if the secondary into the wall is a code violation. I like your extra cautious approach considering the OP is unfamiliar with the equipment.+1
    – JACK
    Sep 11, 2020 at 12:44
  • Ah. Didn't catch that from the picture - good eye, Jack. Still a dodgy install to my eyes, but less concerning to chop it off or tuck it away.
    – Ecnerwal
    Sep 11, 2020 at 13:29

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