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How can I test my ADT devices?

It is strongly recommended that you perform a monthly test of the ADT Security Hub, detectors, and alarms. Use a Walk Test to see if your ADT devices and panel are still working properly, and use Test Mode to perform maintenance on devices, such as replacing batteries or cleaning. Note: While your Hub is in Walk Test or Test Mode, ADT will not respond to any signals or alarm events. During this time, there will be no response to your alarm by the ADT Monitoring Center and ADT will not notify police or emergency personnel.

When you first set up an ADT Professional Monitoring Service, an initial System Test is required. Set aside enough time for the System Test to test each device individually while speaking with ADT over the phone. ADT will walk through testing your devices and monitor as they are triggered to ensure they are reporting correctly. For each new security device added to your system, a System Test will be required in order to be included in your monitoring service.

Once you've completed your initial System Test, you will begin Familiarization Phase, which will give you and your family a week to become comfortable with your new security system without the worry of ADT responding to false alarms.

After Familiarization Phase, both Test Mode and a Walk Test can be initiated and ended at any point from within the SmartThings app or the ADT Security Hub panel, allowing you to test your devices individually or perform routine maintenance.

 

Initiate Test Mode in the SmartThings app

After registering for an ADT Professional Monitoring Service, a black banner will appear under Home Security in your SmartThings app's Dashboard. Tapping this banner will begin the System Test required after enrolling for professional services, but after your initial System Test and Familiarization Phase, Test Mode can be enabled at any time:

  1. From the Dashboard, tap Home Security
  2. Tap the gear icon
  3. Tap System Test
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions

 

End Test Mode in the SmartThings app

By default, Test Mode will end automatically after an hour. You can end Test Mode at any time in the SmartThings app:

  1. From the Dashboard, tap Home Security
  2. Tap the gear icon
  3. Tap System Test
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to end the System Test in ADT

 

Perform a Walk Test on the ADT Security Hub panel:

  1. Select Settings from the Home screen
  2. Enter the Master User Code
  3. Select Walk Test
  4. Select Sensors Test and follow the on-screen instructions
  5. Select Console Test and follow the on-screen instructions
  6. To exit Test Mode, tap the back arrow or the Home button on the panel

 

How to test your ADT devices using a Walk Test

While your ADT Security Hub is in Walk Test mode, you can test your devices with the steps below.

 

ADT Motion Detector

The Motion Detector has a Walk Test button on the side that can help you find the best place to mount the device.

  1. After initiating Sensors Test under Walk Test using the ADT Security Hub panel, press the Walk Test button on the side of the device
  2. During the next 10 minutes, the red LED will light up when motion is detected
  3. During this 10 minutes, you can adjust the sensor for the best placement

The ADT Motion Detector has a range of 30 feet with 60° coverage in both directions. The red LED motion indicator during the Walk Test can give you a visual cue to help you adjust the placement of your device.

For future tests when the Motion Detector is mounted in its final place, you can simply wave your hand or walk in front of the Motion Detector during a Walk Test.

 

ADT Door and Window Detector

Once the Door and Window Detector is mounted in its final place, use the ADT Security Hub panel to initiate Sensors Test under Walk Test, then open and close the door or window. The ADT Security Hub panel will display an alert for the alarm.

 

ADT Smoke Alarm

Use the ADT Security Hub panel to initiate Sensors Test under Walk Test, then push and hold the Test button on the smoke detector for a minimum of five seconds. The alarm will sound, and the red LED light will blink. The ADT Security Hub panel will display an alert for the smoke alarm.

Note: Your smoke alarm should be cleaned once a year, and failing to do so may cause the alarm to fail a Walk Test. To clean your alarm, remove it from the mounting base. You can clean the interior by using a vacuum cleaner hose to blow or vacuum through the openings. The outside can be wiped with a dry cloth. After cleaning, reinstall and test your alarm as described above.

If cleaning does not restore the alarm to normal operation, it should be replaced. Check the date when the alarm should be replaced, which is given on the sidewall of the alarm.

 

ADT Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Use the ADT Security Hub panel to initiate Sensors Test under Walk Test, then press and hold the Test button on the CO alarm for a few seconds. The ADT Security Hub panel will display an alert for the smoke alarm.

If the alarm does not sound when you press the test button:

  1. Make sure the batteries are properly inserted and then wait 15 seconds
  2. Hold button down firmly for at least 5 seconds
  3. Check the alarm is secured correctly on the mounting plate
  4. Replace batteries with 2 new Duracell AAA batteries

 

ADT Keychain Remote

Use the ADT Security Hub panel to initiate Sensors Test under Walk Test. To test each of the possible commands of the Keychain Remote, perform each of the following:

  • Press the Away button on your remote for 2 seconds
  • Press the Stay button on your remote for 2 seconds
  • Press the Disarm button on your remote for 2 seconds
  • Press the * and Stay buttons on your remote for 3 seconds

Check the status of the ADT Security Hub panel after each press.

 

ADT Water Leak Detector

Use the ADT Security Hub panel to initiate Sensors Test under Walk Test. You can test the Water Leak Detector by wetting a paper towel. Place the wet paper towel on the two metal contacts in the groove on the top and next place it on the three metal contacts on the bottom.

If the alarm does not sound, ensure that the metal contacts are clean, and are not being obstructed. Ensure that the paper towel is wet enough for the device to detect moisture, but do not soak or submerge the Water Leak Detector.

 

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