Hi I'm new here!
I have a DA Systems Abacus that was installed when my house was built approx 10 years ago. The system was maintained under contract for a few years until the installer unfortunately went bust.
Up until about 6 months ago the system was working great, with very few false activations, possibly one or two a year.
Problems started when the alarm would activate on its own even when we were in the house without the alarm being set. The error message shown on the keypad was "Trouble!". The keypad lights and screen would fade and die and not accept any button presses. I eventually had to permanently put the system into engineer mode just to stop the activations.
Last night we had a power cut for about 45 minutes during which the alarm sounded on and off randomly. When the power came on I tried to put it back into engineer mode but this did not silence the alarm. I had to put it into a permanent bell test and this did the trick, although the strobe is flashing the siren has now stopped???? When I come out of the bell test the siren goes again, although the keypad shows no errors. I have tried coming out of engineer mode altogether and there are still no errors and the siren still sounds. I checked all onboard fuses and they are intact/good.
I have now switched the panel battery to a new, fully charged one and I tested the old one in my charger (a Optimate III motorcycle charger) and it shows it as being bad although there is still a 12.5volt charge.
What I have omitted to tell you is this though...
With the advice of an electrician mate of mine I bought a Pyronix Sterling 10 LCD about 3 months ago with the intention of changing the panel myself. Unfortunately I could not get the bell box to silence while I carried out the work so the installation was aborted before it even began!!! Because of the problems last night I have today bout a Pyronix Belle too. I have only just found these forums and it doesn't look like the Pyronix is held in high regard amongst the tradesmen here. Shall I try to return it/ebay it and go for a Texecom Premier? What is so bad with the Pyronix anyway?
Thanks in advance