What are my options?
A fire protection professional can help you decide what the best option would be for your existing system, as there are several.
Some options include a total system replacement or replacing only certain parts of a system to elongate the life span of a system. The decision to replace, upgrade, or reuse an existing fire alarm system depends on a few things.
As mentioned, if your system is over 10-15 years old, a total system replacement may be your best choice. If your system is aging but not quite to that 10/15-year mark (and the manufacturer still makes that system), maybe replacing parts of the system is sufficient. But if you’re no longer able to find parts for the system, it’s best to do a total system replacement. A full replacement will likely save you time and money in the long run should you need a repair sometime down the road.
Technology is always advancing, particularly in the fire alarm industry, so maybe your fire alarm system is operational but ineffective when compared to the options on the market today. Newer technologies and advancements in commercial fire alarm systems mean even more options for fire safety. For example, just in the past few years, we’ve seen new technologies in wireless fire alarm technology, new supervising station reporting technologies, and new loudspeaker technologies. You could be missing out on more advanced options with an aging fire alarm system, so even if you have a few years left with your current system, it may be time to consider an upgrade.