Question Hi we have the DSC Power 832 - PC5010. I have disconnected the battery from the panel over a month ago and now the panel has started an intermittent beeping. It is showing, after *2, trouble with 1, 3 and 8. According to the manual, after I push 1 it comes back with a second 1 which in the manual says low battery. I would like to permanently shutdown the system. How do I do this?
Answer If you've disconnected the battery, you also have to disconnect the AC power transformer. This is usually a "wall wart" plugged into an outlet fairly convenient to the common control. It's usually held in place by a screw (or in some cases, nylon straps). Are you sure the system doesn't monitor 12VDC smoke or carbon monoxide detectors? These are life safety components that will become non-functioning if you disconnect power. Some systems are set up to provide you with a flood alert should you experience a water back-up problem. These days, "security" is only one component of a fully integrated home and can even provide lighting control.
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