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We strive to provide you with the information you need to make the best use of your alarm system. Below are the answers to frequently asked questions. If you need additional assistance, please call our customer service team.

MyGuardianOnline

Accessing your account

MyGuardianOnline makes it easy for you to know everything about your security system. Head to MyGuardianOnline.com to sign up today. Enrolling is easy. You’ll need an email address, customer number, and verbal passcode you use for false alarms.

  • Pay your bill
  • View invoices
  • Request technical support
  • Refer friends and family
  • Test or upgrade your system

Moving? Take us with you!

The Guardian Alarm move program makes it easy to take your home security system and service with you. Receive exclusive discounts on our products, professionally installed and monitored at your new home. No matter where you go, we’ll be there every step of the way.

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Frequently Asked Questions

General

How do I know my system is being monitored right now?

We recommend you call us at 1.800.782.9688 to have one of our representatives test your system. We’ll have you test your system by arming it and opening a door to send us a signal. Then, that’ll let you know that we’re actively monitoring your system.

Will my security system work even if the power goes out?

Using a dedicated cellular connection, your system will continue to work and our monitoring center remains connected even if your phone line is cut, the internet goes down, or even during a power outage. Depending on your system, backup batteries typically last anywhere from 18 to 36 hours.

Why am I unable to see my cameras on my phone?

If you’re unable to view your cameras from your mobile app, it may be because your network status or internet connection are both down. Contact your internet provider to resolve these issues. If you continue to have problems viewing your cameras, contact us at 1.800.782.9688.

If I disconnect or change my landline phone, will my alarm still work?

It depends on how your system is set up. If your alarm is set up to be monitored through your home phone line, then your system will be affected and may not send signals to our monitoring center. If your system is monitored through your home phone and you are planning to disconnect or change your home phone services, contact customer service at 1.800.782.9688.

What does my maintenance plan cover?

Your maintenance plan covers normal wear-and-tear (excluding device batteries), product defects, and equipment failure due to errors in workmanship.

If I replace any doors or windows in my home, do I need to contact you?

If you plan to replace any doors or windows in your home, contact customer service at 1.800.782.9688. We recommend having one of our technicians out to remove any hardware before and after construction to properly reconnect your system.

If my home or business already has a system installed, can I activate it?

Absolutely! No matter what company installed your current system, our installation team will update it and connect it to our 24/7 monitoring center. Call us at 1.800.782.9688 and we’ll help get you started.

I’m moving locations. How do I bring my security system with me?

If you’re moving homes or business locations, you can take Guardian Alarm with you! When you know you’re moving, give us a call at 1.800.782.9688 and we’ll set you up with one of our consultants to walk through your new property.

Can I claim my security system through my homeowners’ insurance?

Yes! Many insurance providers offer discounts on their policies if your home or business has a monitored security system. Give us a call at 1.800.782.9688 and we’ll help walk you through the steps you need to take.

Do I really need professionally-installed security and fire protection?

If you’re considering a DIY security solution versus a professional service, think about the time it takes to contact local authorities. With a professionally monitored system, your alarm sends signals to our 24/7 monitoring center at the fastest speeds.

Security System

My panel is showing a communication failure. What does this message mean?

Communication failures are associated with radio devices on your system. They occur when power has been shut off, alarm radio signals aren’t working, and the backup battery has lost its charge. Check all your circuit breakers to ensure the unit has A/C power. If there was an extended power failure and it has been restored, try clearing the message on your panel by performing the normal reset procedure for your alarm panel. If you are experiencing regular communication failures, call today to schedule a maintenance request at 1.800.782.9688.

If a burglar destroys my security panel, will my alarm not trigger?

With our “Smash & Crash” technology, your security panel will still send alarm signals to our monitoring center even if a burglar destroys or disables your panel.

What if a burglar forces me to disarm my security system?

Ambush codes are meant to be used when you’re forced to disarm your system by an intruder. Entering this code into your panel disarms the system normally while also sending an ambush signal to our monitoring center. Upon receiving this signal, we’ll immediately dispatch the police to the site.

How often should I test my alarm? How do I go about doing this?

We recommend that you test your alarm system each month to ensure it’s in working order. Before testing your alarm system, call us at 1.800.782.9688 and a representative will put your system into test mode. Once in test mode, you’ll then arm the system and begin testing devices. If the signals did not come in as anticipated, your system may require service.

I set off my alarm, so I entered my code and disarmed it. Why didn’t you call me after?

When there’s an accidental activation of your system and you enter your code, we automatically get a cancel signal that helps prevent false alarms. When a cancel signal is received, no call will be placed to the site since a valid code was entered into the panel.

Do I need a service call if I get a false alarm from my system?

No. For a single false alarm, there’s no need to request service. However, if you’re regularly receiving false alarms, contact us at 1.800.782.9688.

I’m unable to arm my alarm. What’s causing this issue?

All doors and windows with alarm protection must be closed before you’re able to arm your system. Make sure there isn’t any movement in the range of your motion detectors as this can also prevent the system from arming. If issues with arming continue, contact us at 1.800.782.9688.

Billing

How do I properly read my invoice?

For instructions on how to properly read your invoice, navigate to the “Billing” section in your MyGuardianOnline account. Once there, select the “Sample Invoice” button in the “Recent Activity” section. The sample provides details on how to correctly read each section of the invoice.

Do I have options for how I receive my invoice?

You can receive your invoice via direct mail, email, or by logging into your MyGuardianOnline account and navigating to the “Invoice Delivery Method” in the “Billing” section.

When is payment due?

Payment is due upon receipt of the invoice.

What options do I have for paying my bill?

You can pay your bill online through MyGuardianOnline. Using this option, you can access and update your wallet, set up automatic payments, and process one-time payments. For all online payments, we accept every major credit card as well as ACH (Automated Clearing House) payments. You can also pay your bill via direct mail using a check or money order.

Does the “Amount Due” reflect my most recent payment?

The “Amount Due” listed on the dashboard of your MyGuardianOnline account reflects payments made as of 7:00 PM on the prior business day.

Why is there a partial month charge on my invoice?

Prorated, partial billing due to added service(s) outside of your current billing cycle.

Can I see the charges for each of my sites separated on my invoice?

Yes. Invoices always display a summary of charges for each site. The site address will appear so you will know to which site the charge relates.

Hear directly from our customers

We use Guardian Alarm at our business and it has been a wonderful company to work with. We had an incident at our law office and needed an alarm system put in immediately. Guardian was able to send a sales person that same day, give me a great quote on an alarm system and get it installed within days of meeting. I also really enjoy the remote access feature of our system, because it allows me to remotely see when employees come and go from the building. The biggest selling point for me though, was that they are local and have been in business for over 80 years. If you need an alarm system and want quality work, Guardian Alarm is a great choice.
John Smith
John Smith
12:08 08 Sep 17
This is honestly the best alarm system and service I have had. Carlos was very attentive and cared about mine and my families safety! (: Thank you Carlos
Angela Hinojosa
Angela Hinojosa
15:57 31 Mar 21
A very good place to work at
nadja bradley
nadja bradley
21:26 03 Mar 20
Great company
Craig Lamb
Craig Lamb
03:41 10 Oct 17
We have been with Guardian Alarm since 1986. Overall we have been satisfied with their service. We have occasional equipment or service issues but they have always been responsive in getting things resolved. We have been using the Guardian Connect app for several years without issues.
Tom Dusbiber
Tom Dusbiber
02:44 13 Feb 19
Been a customer of Gaurdian for more than 10 years. Customer service is wonderful. Great local business to support
Joy Full
Joy Full
20:08 04 Nov 17
Have been using guardian alarm for five years now we love it feel safe and secure all of our windows and doors as well as a glass break motion sensor carbon dioxide and fire detection and four cameras touchpad works great looks good would recommend this to anybody who wants a good System with reasonable Monitoring fees
We have been with Guardian for 44 years. The product and the service has always been excellent.
Arnold Kollin
Arnold Kollin
23:42 14 May 19
Very impressed with how they work! Thank god I got rid if my adt for them. Carlos did an outstanding job
Caroleve Bazzi
Caroleve Bazzi
16:06 31 Mar 21
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Stiver Cooper
Stiver Cooper
07:03 08 Sep 17
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