And my RE-206 has been dead nuts reliable as an alarm sensor for months now in one of the windier areas of the country
Don’t you have a Qolsys panel? I was under the impression that used the RE106, not the RE206. Even if you do have the RE206, it’s good that you actually have one that functions properly. Apparently a high percentage of RE206 users are not so lucky.
I am aware of your dislike of the tilt sensors
I am a strong believer that a installed security sensor should operate properly and not malfunction. Its is pretty well known that the tilt doesn’t meet that high standard.
About 18 months ago there was a known defect in the RE206, this sensor not working properly is nothing new, and apparently there are still problems that were probably never really fixed.
JAY @ Surety posted March 27, 2014
spoke with Resolution Products and the agent I spoke with says that it is a known issue [malfunction/false activations] that they are currently working on, but they are currently uncertain what the cause of the problem is
Jason @Surety posted April 17 2015
Overhead garage doors can use either Tilt sensors or more heavy duty switches. If you just want notification of the door opening, either would be fine. If you want it to be an alarm generating sensor, I would suggest the switch with a wireless transmitter (door contact with a wired input.)
The sensors are, in my opinion, borderline defective. Why do you think Surety strongly suggests these only be used as no response, zone type 23 sensors? It’s because they are not reliable enough to be used as a normal alarm initiating door sensors.
In a nutshell, if your RE206 malfunctions/doesn’t function, you have two options:
Replace it with another RE206 and cross your fingers that the replacement works.
Replace the RE206 with another garage door sensor (the $16 heavy duty waterproof garage door reed switch being a simple to install, viable option in that regard).