I’ve spent well over 10 years in the field, going out and performing installations and service calls for clients and their surveillance systems. Based on my experiences, I have compiled a list of helpful tips to help you prolong the life of your security camera system and ensure your investment lasts as long as possible. These are simple tasks you can perform yourself, or they can be something you talk to your provider about and have them come out monthly, quarterly, or even annually to ensure you’re maintaining a clean and productive system.
1) Check the connections that attach behind the DVR to ensure they are not loose or brittle, as this can cause an unexpected cameras loss on the DVR.
2) If your camera system is more than 2-3 years old, look at your power supply box; if the box has individual fuses on each camera, it’s time to update. Most systems should carry a non-fused resettable power supply, meaning your cameras will be protected in the event the power supply gets jolted.
3) If you notice from time to time you have dust gathering on electrical devices in and around your office, keep in mind that it will gather on your cameras as well. Get a duster and regularly wipe them down – dust forming on the lens can cause a distortion in the view.
4) If you have an outdoor camera in a weatherproof enclosure you can open, look at the seals and bushings around the housing – if it looks dry, cracked, or doesn’t fit correctly, then replace it with a new enclosure. Moisture and humidity can easily enter camera housings and damage the cameras within. If the seal looks dirty, wipe it down with a dry cloth.
5) Whether you own a PC-based or a Linux-based standalone DVR, make sure to perform a reboot on a regular basis. This helps the system have a cool-down period, and also in the event it receives and new firmware, updates these can changes can take effect and allow your system to be more efficient.