There comes a time in every motion sensor’s life when your device starts to feel a little bit worse for wear. When this happens, you are going to have to get some new batteries for your Vivint device.
There are a lot of devices made by Vivint, that require you to switch out batteries. Whether it’s a window sensor, a motion sensor, or any other type of home security device, we are going to give you a quick guide on how to replace your batteries.
How To Change the Battery In Your Motion Sensor?
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It’s important to remember that each device will have its own unique battery replacement protocol. Some devices will have different steps than others, so if you have a hard time finding a panel, check Vivint’s Smart Home online manuals.
- Find out what battery you have to buy. Each Vivint item will have a different type of battery that you should buy. Some, like the Door Window DW11 Sensor, require a CR2032 battery. Others, like Motion Sensor (PIR1) will require a CR123A battery.
- Get the batteries you need. Vivint’s customer support can direct you on where to get them. Of course, you can also order batteries off Amazon if you’re okay with waiting for them to arrive in the mail.
- Disable your alarm and turn off the sensor. Most Vivint motion sensors and door sensors are linked to a smart home security system. Before you add batteries, make sure that you disable the alarm via the control panel or the Vivint app. Otherwise, you may have a false alarm.
- Open up your Vivint panel’s battery compartment using a screwdriver and remove the old battery. Your old battery can be disposed of via your local disposal service or via a drop-off at an electronics store.
- Insert the new battery. Close the panel and secure it in place.
- Turn the alarm on once more and check to see that everything is working as it should. You can use the Vivint smart home app to see if your device is online.
- Turn on the alarm and reconnect your Vivint security system if it isn’t connected already. Some devices have to be fully reconnected, while others will automatically reconnect to whatever wireless system they were configured to.
Additional tips and tricks
It’s important to remember that Vivint can only keep your home safe if your security cameras and alarms all work. These tips will help you make the most of your battery installation.
- Always pay attention to the low battery alert that comes with your devices. This is especially true if you have a Vivintcarbon monoxide detector, smoke detector, or a specialty door lock. That beeping is there to ensure that you don’t have to deal with lethal consequences or intruders.
- The majority of batteries used by Vivint can be bought online. You can get them from Vivint themselves, or you can use a site like Amazon or eBay. Ordering ahead of time can help you avoid issues.
- Make sure you keep an extra battery pack at home if your device tends to run low. Similarly, this should be standard protocol for AA batteries and other common household power sources.
- While replacing your batteries is fine, it’s important to remember that DIY repairs can cause your warranty to void. The same can be said about refusing to use professional installation services. A good rule of thumb is that you should check with Vivint’s customer support before you DIY anything.
- If you are having a hard time installing new batteries, search for your product online. Having a hard copy of the manual is a great thing, but let’s face it, we all tend to lose that stuff. This is a good way to get the instructions you need without having to call up a support line.
- If you installed fresh batteries and still can’t power your device, call customer support. Even the best companies can have items that go on the fritz. If your cameras or monitors are acting funky, now would be a good time to determine if you need to replace the device itself.
- Seriously, don’t forget to disarm your alarms and turn off your system. Many of the devices that are made by Vivint are designed to help keep your home safe.They are also designed to detect tampering, alert you, and even call the police if they are not disarmed. Don’t cause a needless cop call!
- In the event that you did forget to disarm your alarm, expect a call from the company’s monitoring centers. Vivint’s centers will give you a call to make sure you’re okay. If you don’t reply, they may call the police.
- Be aware that some items may need troubleshooting after a battery change. For example, the Vivint Thermostat has a known issue where it stops working after a battery change. You may need to factory reset your item or even reconnect it to your system to get it to work again.
- Most battery installs should take no longer than 10 minutes to do. In other words, you don’t need to block out too much time to make sure your home security system is alright.
If you are looking for a reliable security system or monitoring system, then you did well by choosing a Vivint device. They are some of the best in the industry, and a Vivint smart home is a coveted item for that reason.
However, you can’t rely on a backup battery all the time. You will need to eventually replace the batteries in your device. Thankfully, Vivint’s engineers have made a valiant attempt at making this easy as pie.
For most of us, the biggest issue you may have deals with sourcing batteries. Thankfully, the internet makes that a cinch as long as you know where to go.