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Last updated: Sept. 22, 2017

16 ADT Home Automation Consumer Reviews and Complaints

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Original review: Sept. 22, 2017

Total Hotel California experience. You can sign up, but you can never leave. I am guardian/conservator for my elderly mom, and have tried for months to cancel her service since she has moved in with my family. They claim to have no knowledge of receipt of her cancellation letter which was sent months ago. Continuous past due letters from their billing department have necessitated over three hours of my life spent on the telephone, with well over a dozen conversations and multiple reps (all of whom were absolutely horrible and entirely ineffective, as well as poorly informed). Never get started with these apathetic corporate thieves and go directly to a local service that cares about their clientele.

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Original review: Sept. 18, 2017

I had ADT installed mid-August after thinking I had a good deal with ADT. What I did not realize was that it was through an authorized dealer. I signed up for 27.99 per month, installation went as expected. 2 weeks later I get an invoice for $52.99 per month. Wrong. Called, had them update system to $27.99 version (linked to hard wire phone). Next bill, still $52.99 per month. Call ADT, they sent me to Defender; called Defender. Not a very good customer care experience to say the least, and they sent me back to ADT indicating they were in charge of the invoice. Do not use authorized dealer Defender - do direct.

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Original review: Aug. 24, 2017

The ADT web portal is advertised as being able to be used as means of automating a home however it seems to be missing the automations tab? This would be necessary in order to control locks, lights etc.

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Original review: July 29, 2017

We have been with ADT for 8 years for a security system. In December 2015 we kept getting calls from ADT saying we needed to upgrade our service to Pulse. We were fine with that since they said it would lower our bill by $5. They kept pushing us to add a camera as well, which we found out later put us on new contract for 3 years and cost us $700 when we had to cancel service due to a move. The shady salesperson did not tell us by purchasing the camera that it would put us on new contract. We have been a more than valued customer and we're perfectly fine with our regular service and did not ask to change to PULSE but were coerced into.

We are very upset with ADT not waiving the 3 year contract early cancel fee which we were never told about. This is terrible service for a valued customer. We will never use your service again and will tell all of our friends and family that have your service to also cancel their service with you due to your unethical sales practices!

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Original review: April 16, 2017

Approximately 2 years ago, I purchased an ADT alarm system and subscribed to home monitoring. Over the last 6 months, my system notifies me several times a day that it cannot communicate with ADT. In short, if my alarm were to go off, ADT would not know about it. ADT has made 3 visits to my residence under the auspice of "correcting" the problem. Prior to the first visit, the call taker in service told me how to reset the alarm panel. In the process of this, the clock on the panel was reset. During the first visit, the technician noticed the clock was off, fixed it, and proclaimed the problem solved. As he drove away, I was receiving another communication error notice. I called ADT and the customer service rep told me, "This is a common problem in your area that is widespread. Your transmitter is uses AT&T cellular. We need to switch your transmitter to Verizon."

During the second visit, the technician claimed to know nothing about the transmitter issue, and left, stating we needed to call ADT again. I called again and was told someone would come out again and fix the problem. During the third visit, a person whom I believe was in sales came out. She was dressed nicely, not in an ADT technician outfit. She walked around my property and told me she wanted to give me a new system, add some cameras, add an antennae, and she could do so for $500. When I told her I simply wanted my panel to be able to communicate with ADT, and told her what the customer service rep said about the Verizon switch, she quickly excused herself and stated she would email me with some options to fix the problem. It has been over a month, I am haven't heard from anyone. I am extremely frustrated that I am paying $52.99 a month for a system that daily tell me it's not able to perform its function. Worst service ever!

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Original review: March 13, 2017

I am still receiving a bank draft monthly of $42.34 without service or a system. I found out today, it was disconnected by the representative back on October 2016 with no notice to me. What do I do to contact, cancel, and receive monetary adjustment for this scam of a service? I have been calling in an attempt to cancel for almost a year now. They told me last year in August that I owed them money, I then at that time sent a copy of my bank statement showing that they were receiving electronic transfer of funds and I don't owe them anything. My Bank of America agent even called them to dispute. This company at that time cancelled my service without notifying me and is still taking my money every month.

I have been on the phone multiple times, talk to the first person within minutes, it is the second person you are transferred to that leaves you on hold for 30, 25, 28, 40 minutes a time and then you are disconnected. It is because they don't want you to be able to cancel. Fraudulent. Today I pressed so many buttons, when I finally stated I was sharing all of this with my attorney I finally was connected to a manager who was on the phone with me for 1 hour 3 minutes and 33 seconds, who saw exactly what I have been saying.

He himself cannot tell me why my account was cancelled. There is no documentation that I requested it. He sees where they have been accepting my payments as I have a credit. What kind of company can get away with this? The manager today stated that they are large. They have over 8 million customers. He is not excusing it but understands how it can happen. He is sending me a credit and I am going to cancel payment out of my bank today.

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Original review: Dec. 28, 2016

On Thursday, December 22 I called and made an appointment with ADT security in regards to a piece of equipment that was beeping. The representative who answered the call was absolutely incompetent. When I told her which piece of equipment was making beeping, she informed me that that piece of equipment has no sound capabilities of beeping. I gave her the model number of the product and asked her to look it up. After five minutes of silence I asked her if she found the product. She stated she was waiting for me to see if I solved the beeping. I was infuriated by her incompetency of just being on the phone silence for five minutes while she was expecting me to fix The piece of equipment provided by ADT. I had to call back and speak to a different agent to continue to make an appointment and voice my complaint about the first representative clearly and concisely about how incompetent she was.

The appointment was set for December 27 from eight in the morning to noon. The guy showed up at the job at around 1130. At 12 past noon after he was unable to stop the beeping he made a phone call to a work associate of his to see if she had a monitor to bring him or where he could go get a monitor to see if he could fix or stop the beeping from continuing. He asked if we had a monitor. I went to the office disconnected the monitor from the computer and brought it upstairs for him. He had informed me that all he needed was a USB port. When I got upstairs and I gave them the monitor and the USB port attached to it he then stated that he did not need a USB monitor but a VSG or something that looks like a phone cable to check the system. At this point I asked him if he could give me his supervisor's phone number.

He gave me a number and when I was walking away to make the phone call, he stated "I can't believe you did a 360 on me." I questioned what he asked me. He stated it again "I can't believe you did a 360 on me." I asked him again what does he mean by that. He stated "I can't believe you're going to call my supervisor." As I was attempting to call ADT he said "You were going crazy on me. I'm leaving." I looked at him and I said "What do you mean you're leaving." He stated he was an independent contractor and did not have to stay here and finish any job he didn't want to. I begged him to stay and finish the job. However he grabbed most of his stuff. Forgot his flashlight on the top shelf and left. I had no idea what to do with equipment that was dangling off the shelf. He left with some of his equipment still at the house and didn't pick up a single thing that he can messed up.

When I finally got through to ADT his supervisor stated to me that I went crazy on him and he had to leave. That is completely false. I was completely professional. I couldn't believe that once I explained to his supervisor nobody called back to reschedule an appointment or send somebody to finish a job undone. This goes to show the inadequacy and incompetency as a whole. I cannot only blame one person or two people for the inadequacy that just happened. I have to blame it company as a whole. ADT is completely responsible for having wasted a complete day of mine from eight in the morning to 4:30 PM today I waited for ADT to fix a simple problem.

When the second guy showed up at around 230 within five minutes he stated he needed a new piece of equipment that the VRC for the video recording component was it working properly and he could bring one when it was convenient for us. That meant dealing with ADT one more day. I am not looking forward to the inadequacies that ADT has caused Me to lose a complete day of my life. I hope this finds a trusting person within the company to be able to rectify and resolve and take action against the young man who came to the job and left. In my understanding this person should be fired.

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Verified Reviewer
Original review: Oct. 21, 2016

ADT had serviced the suite before we moved in our office in here. We got a very quick response once we contacted them. They came right away, looked at what we already had and got someone here to hook the system up. The salesman was very knowledgeable. We had most of the basic wiring and things. The installers set everything up very quickly and efficiently. It was painless. We haven't had any problems with the service so far. Billing is easy. Customer service always answered any questions that we had.

Verified Reviewer
Original review: Oct. 12, 2016

ADT's service has been great. Their sales rep was very nice. I've called him several times with different questions and he's always been there to help us. Their installation team was also very good and very quick.

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Original review: Sept. 22, 2016

I have a very successful experience with ADT in my home in Fayetteville Georgia. I would definitely recommend this security system to friends and family. I have been a customer since June 0f 2015.

Verified Reviewer
Original review: July 22, 2016

From the time I received the mailer with the ADT Pulse offer for new homeowners to the installation technician showing up on time, courteous and professional in both installing the equipment and taking the time to explain all functionality to me and the family the experience was exactly as promised and expected of a name brand company. Post sale service has been great and the service delivery as expected. Bravo!

Verified Buyer
Original review: Feb. 11, 2016

My husband and I moved. ADT decided to automatically take out $1,014.01, without billing us or letting us know. I called ADT and spoke to billing department and was told as soon as we got it installed again, they would refund our money. So we installed and still paid $286.00. Well it's been 1 month and still no refund so I called again and they tried to say our card would not accept. So now we are waiting another month in hope of getting our refund as a check, while they are still automatically withdrawing for new alarm!

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Original review: Jan. 28, 2016

Installed a system for over 10K which does not work. Protection 1 installed a Honeywell home alarm system for us over a year ago. The system had technical issues from the beginning. They advised installing more repeaters/sensors, etc. for more money which I went along with. Over one year into our contract, their system still doesn't work and they are advising me to change my alarm system altogether so another system costing us another $5000 in addition to the amount we've paid already. Their system has not worked for a single day and they are not willing to credit me for the system and labor to date. I'm unfortunately stuck in a contract with them. I'm in the process of hiring an attorney to sue them for our expenses to date. I would highly recommend going with any other company!

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Original review: Aug. 20, 2015

I paid my bill through the automatic pay option. Unfortunately when it was installed I used a debit card instead of linking payments to my checking account, which I thought I had done. When my card expired, of course I had forgotten that ADT was linked to the card and not my account so I started accruing late fees and penalties. I finally found out about this mishap when I was sent a letter in the mail from a collections agency for non-payment. I called ADT to settle everything and asked why I hadn't received any phone calls in regard to the missed payments. They claimed they had called multiple times, but the number they were dialing hadn't been in service for at least three years.

It was hard for me to believe that I had given them that number as the primary number when they have reached both my sister and I (we're both under this one account) on our cell phone numbers which I always list as the primary number. However, I took this mishap as a fault on my end. I resolved the payment issue and asked for the service to be reinstated. This was the point at which the customer service took a turn for the worse. The operator transferred me to the re-installation department. The man I spoke with had a very rude demeanor and seemed to be in a hurry. When I wasn't entering the code into my home system fast enough, I heard a lot of sighs and groans. This process ended up not working so he scheduled an at home appointment. On the day of the in home installation, I did not receive a call stating they were on their way; nor did we get a ring at the door. I also looked out the window periodically and saw no one!

I called ADT 30 minutes after the time frame at which they were to show up. They claimed I was not home and that they had called multiple times. I confirmed the phone number with them and this time they had the right phone number, yet I hadn't received any calls! The customer service employee stated over and over "well it says here that we tried to contact you." This, I will remind you, was the second instance where they conveniently couldn't reach me. I will no longer use ADT.

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Original review: July 9, 2015

I spoke a couple of times with the ADT sales guy on the phone. We went over the design and hardware requirements for my house. Once we finished this I asked for an email that listed the design and costs we spoke about. He stated that since they deal with such confidential data he did not have this ability. An answer for every question. While this concerned me I agreed to have the installer come out the next day. I did tell him that if there was any change to the cost I would stop the purchase. Well as concerned the installer should up with a much smaller configuration, one that would not come close to securing the house. The required hardware to secure the house was substantially more money. As I thought the sales guy's main job was to get the installer out. I should have gone with my gut and not wasted my time. Needless to say I did not make the purchase. What a waste of time.

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Verified Reviewer
Original review: May 16, 2015

Gentleman came to my door, claims to be from our security company and asked to inspect our equipment. He has a Protection1 black shirt on. The homeowner was at work so I asked him to come back. I called our security company and this is called "slamming" in the business. Very deceiving and would never do business with them after reading these comments.

ADT Security Services expert review by Lisa Montgomery

ADT has been in business for over 140 years. The corporate headquarters of ADT is located in Boca Raton, FL.

  • Free installation and activation: ADT offers free installation and activation for their security systems. This leaves customers with $0 in upfront costs.

  • Voice control: ADT offers customers the ability to arm and disarm their home, control the lighting, thermostat and locks (and more) with voice commands via the ADT Pulse smart device app.

  • The largest in the U.S.: ADT is the largest automated security provider in the U.S. with the most geographic locations of monitoring centers, offering convenient access no matter where customers live.

  • Mobile alerts: ADT offers homeowners the option to have mobile alerts go to their smartphone so they are notified anytime somebody opens the door to their home, even when they're on the go.

  • Many customer service options: ADT offers customers a wide range of customer service options, including chat and telephone, which makes it convenient and simple for customers to contact the company whether they're at the office, in a meeting or at home.

  • Best for: Owners of both luxury and mid-scale residences, elderly homeowners and homeowners with young children.

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Lisa Montgomery is a seasoned journalist who has covered and reported on a variety of topics in the home automation industry for more than 15 years. Knowledgeable about the technology behind and the major players of home automation systems, residential security systems, smart thermostats and more, she is able to translate technical terms into language that consumers can understand and will find informative and useful.

ADT Home Automation Company Information

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ADT Security Services
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1501 Yamato Road
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