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Security is a top concern these days, making it a profitable industry too. When times have become more dangerous, people cannot take chances. This is why home and business owners invest in security systems that are helpful in preventing burglary and other emergencies.

Honeywell, the leading global manufacturer of security solutions, is catering to a new generation of customers with its extensive technology portfolio. Its line of alarms and home security systems do more than just protect homes but also connect them. But technology is only as useful as you want it to be. You have to make sure that all of its elements are being maximized and functioning well.

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Among the main components of a home alarm system is the battery. A busted battery is one of the top causes for alarm system trouble. For Honeywell, batteries have to be replaced between 3 and 7 years depending on the unit or model. Does it take a tech expert to replace a Honeywell alarm battery? No, it does not. Just like Honeywell alarm kits, replacing some parts is something you can do yourself.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to replace the battery of your Honeywell alarm system main panel.

Step 1: Silence the system

Generally when the battery needs to be replaced, your keypad will be beeping at you to remind you. Press the # key or enter your code followed by 1 to silence it temporarily.

Step 2: Unlock the can door

After you have silenced the system, go to the main can which is usually in your closet or basement. Vista systems come with a lock and key to make unwanted tampering more difficult. To make the process of changing the battery easier, you may just pull off the door and set it aside after you get it open.

Step 3: Remove old battery

Once you have opened the can door, you will see the battery resting at the bottom. There are two wires attached to the battery: one black and one red. Pull each one off the battery terminals. They are usually very easy to pull off, but may require some force in the connectors are tight. Now that you have successfully removed the wires, take out the battery and put it aside. Always properly recycle your batteries.

Step 4: Put the new battery

You are now ready to install your new Honeywell alarm battery, which is usually a 12-volt, 4-Amp hour battery. A quick tip: write down the installation date of the new battery and tape it to the battery. This will remind you if you need to replace the battery again in the future. They usually last about 5 years.

Remember the black and red wires? Attach them again to the simple clips of the same color. Connect the black wire to the black terminal and the red wire to the red terminal.

Step 5: Lock the door

Your old battery have now been replaced. Close the door and lock it.

Step 6: Make sure the trouble condition clears

Your security system now have a new lease on life. Sometimes the battery will require a few hours to fully charge when you first put it on. But if the low battery condition does not go away on its own, entering programming and then exiting will reset it. Use your installer code followed by 800. Then press *99 to exit.

That was easy, right? Now, if you have a wireless keypad that needs its batteries to be replaced, there’s also a way to do that. And it is also as breezy.

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Step 1: Turn it off

Make sure to disarm your system first by entering a security code and then 1. If your keypad is AC-powered, make sure to pull the plug. If it is wall-mounted, lift the keypad straight up and then out to separate the keypad from the mounting plate.

Step 2: Remove the old battery

On the back of the keypad, remove the battery compartment cover and remove the old batteries. Remember to discard properly.

Step 3: Replace with new battery

You are now ready to replace the battery of your Honeywell keypad. Use three AA, 1.5 volt, alkaline batteries. Remember to replace all three batteries at once to ensure normal operation over the anticipated battery lifetime. Put the batteries in the negative and positive terminals as shown in the compartment. Replace the battery cover.

Step 4: Reattach the keypad

If the keypad is mounted to the wall, re-attach its mounting plate by aligning the mounting holes in the keypad case with the mounting clips. Lower the keypad onto the clips. If the keypad is AC powered, plug it onto the outlet.

Step 5: Activate the keypad

Now that your keypad has fresh batteries, you may now activate it by pressing any numbered key until you hear a beep.

The Honeywell alarm system is incredibly user-friendly. Its how-to guides are also incredibly simple. Replacing the batteries for the main system and the keypad should not require much effort. Remember to replace them regularly to avoid alarm troubles.

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