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No power to burglar alarm
Our burglar alarm refused to set when we went to bed the other night. I googled it and everything seemed to be suggesting it was the battery. We bought a new battery and it worked for 24 hours and now its broke again which suggests there is no mains power going to the alarm and it had run the battery flat. Can anyone suggest any solutions. The fuses are clear and don't appear to be blown but we haven't changed them.
Sounds like a fuse may have blown as well as the battery running flat.
Its common on certain panels that when the battery is run flat it blows a fuse usually the power fuse on the pcb, clearly not the battery fuse as placing a new battery on the system it powers up.
I would use a cheap meter to check the continuity of the fuse after its been removed for the panel. The fuse rating will be written on the fuse, and you can get fuses on ebay easy enough.
You may have a 3A fuse you can swap in the fused spur, the panel may use a lower rated fuse between the incoming mains and the transformer.
Caution that the system is potentially live, replacing the fuse isn't difficult but caution should be taken if in any doubt call a local alarm professional.
Using an incorrect fuse size could damage your system.
Answered 28th Jun 2015
The power from the fuseboard to the alarm system will pass through a 3amp fused spur unit. The 3amp fuse has most likely blown that is why your battery is now running your system, the battery has then drained after 24hours totally killing your system. Change the fuse (3amp only) and then replace the battery. Job done!
Answered 18th Mar 2013
You need to get an electrician to check if the power is getting to the incoming side of the alarm. If not it may be loose connection in fusebox or a fault along the cable.
Where are you based??
Answered 15th Jan 2013