motion-sensorWe all want our families to be safe at home, and there are many products to help us feel safe. While some homeowners still use traditional deterrence methods like fences, bars, and “Beware of dog” signs, there are proactive and responsive electronic security systems being used today that can be much more effective. However, as with every electronic system, improper installation or malfunctions could make them a nuisance or even inoperable, leaving your home and family vulnerable.

Motion sensors seem to be especially problematic. When they are working improperly, they can add unnecessary costs to your electric bill and disrupt your sleep and peace of mind. But there is a lot that you can do before you call an electrician.

Causes of Motion Sensor Problems

Many issues arise from improper installation. While there could be something wrong with the electrical systems—either internally or externally—the problem is usually with the motion sensor installation, and can be fixed.
Here are some examples of what could be happening:

  • The motion sensor may not be in the correct mode.
  • The sensitivity (distance) or angle may not be adjusted correctly.
  • It could have a dual setting that hasn’t been accounted for.
  • It may have a wider angle (up to 270 degrees) than it was expected to have and be picking up vehicles in the street or neighbors lights.
  • There could be a problem with the wiring system, or the sensor could be on a switch.
  • The motion sensor itself may be defective.

What You Can Do

First, make sure you read the instructions carefully. Even if you’ve installed motion sensors before, you will need to take into account the specific specifications of the one you’re installing or troubleshooting. In addition, here are some tips that may solve the issue:

  • Make sure you have the right motion sensor for the area. (Specifically, take into account the range and width of the sensor.)
  • Do the walk test during the day.
  • Make sure the head is angled properly, ensuring you have coverage where you need it most.
  • If there is a dual levels r, understand there are two levels of light. Check the electrical connection after turning of the breaker.
  • If you have the sensors on a switch, look at hard wiring them instead.

Piper Electric Co., Inc. Can Help

If you’re still having motion sensor problems or just don’t want to hassle with them, give Piper Electric Co., Inc. a call. We have a 31-year track record of superior performance and customer service at a fair price. Give us a call and we’ll send an Arvada electrician to your home for a free electrical estimate.

Get your peace of mind back — Give Piper Electric Co, Inc. a call today!