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Demystifying Fire Alarm Repairs: 5 FAQs Answered

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Learn the real deal about keeping your fire safety solutions running smoothly!

Ensuring the reliability of a building’s fire alarm system is a necessary component of building maintenance. Like any technology, fire alarm systems may encounter issues over time, necessitating repairs and maintenance. In this blog post, we’ll address five frequently asked questions about fire alarm repairs to help you better understand and manage these essential safety devices.

Keep reading to learn the ins and outs of fire alarm repair services and how they can help you keep the safety of your spaces in Honolulu, HI. 

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How Do I Know if My Fire Alarm System Is Working?

Inspecting and testing the system is the most effective way to verify proper operation. This can include periodic surveys (weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annually) by maintenance personnel to walk a property and look at the condition of devices that are hanging from walls and ceilings. Just looking for devices that might have been tampered with, vandalized, or blocked from the previous survey is a great practice. Combining those surveys with an annual inspection by a licensed professional improves your confidence in a properly functioning system. In fact, an annual inspection and test is required by law under your local fire code.

What Are the Common Causes of Fire Alarm Malfunctions?

Common causes of malfunctions in a fire alarm system include environmental effects like a lightning strike, power surge, water on electronics, or accumulated dust on sensors. Expended batteries, aged components, or degraded wire that has finally failed can also cause problems. Additionally, human interactions like tampering or vandalism are common causes. Some of these problems can be minimized through routine preventive maintenance, which prevents unbudgeted emergency repairs.

Is It Necessary to Have a Professional Technician for Repairs?

While some basic maintenance tasks can be conducted by the building personnel, it’s imperative to engage a qualified technician for more complex repairs. Fire alarm systems are intricate and require specialized knowledge to diagnose and fix certain problems accurately. Attempting DIY repairs without the necessary expertise may lead to further damage or compromise the system’s effectiveness. It’s advisable to establish a relationship with a qualified fire alarm service provider, like Phoenix Pacific, who can conduct regular inspections and handle any necessary repairs.

What Is the Typical Lifespan of a Fire Alarm System?

The lifespan of a fire alarm system can vary depending on factors such as proper installation, environmental wear and tear, and the level of maintenance it receives. On average, a well-maintained system can last 15 to 20 years. A poorly maintained system may operate for just a few years. It’s important to monitor its performance and consider upgrades or replacements as needed to maintain optimal safety.

What Is the Cost Range for Fire Alarm Repairs?

Repair costs can vary depending on the extent of the issue. Minor repairs, such as resetting a pull station, may be as little as a few hundred dollars. More extensive repairs like the replacement of costly electronics or finding and repairing a ground fault can run thousands of dollars or higher. Investing in regular maintenance and addressing issues promptly can help prevent major breakdowns, potentially saving money in the long run. Additionally, the cost of repairs should be weighed against the potential consequences of a malfunctioning fire alarm system, which can include property damage, injuries, and even loss of life.

At Phoenix Pacific, we want to help you protect your spaces with comprehensive fire safety systems. Contact us today to discover all the ways we can make this happen!