Trying to cook a nice meal or carry on with your household activities while your smoke detector goes off is annoying, especially when there’s no smoke or fire. However, unplugging a smoke detector, even one that chirps inconveniently, isn’t the safest thing to do. Smoke detectors are necessary to keep us safe from harm. Studies show that a high percentage of fire-related deaths because there was no smoke detector. Not having one is too dangerous. Today we’re going to discuss why your smoke detector might be sending false alarms. Keep reading!
There Could Be a Weak or Improperly Installed Battery
Make sure that you have a fresh battery. Also, make sure that you snap the battery in so that it’s not loose. It is a possibility that the battery has loose connections, causing it to beep randomly or when it’s not necessary.
The Detector May Be Dusty or Have an Insect Around It
When dust accumulates, or an insect gets caught inside the sensing chamber, random chirps are bound to happen or alarms. Make a habit of cleaning the smoke detector every time you replace the battery. To clean it, use a vacuum cleaner with a crevice tool or brush attachment. Clean around the gap areas. An aerosol electronic duster will work as well. Pay attention to the gap in the sensor area. The sensor will look like a small tin can with slots in it. You may also want to spray the area, making sure you don’t accidentally spray the smoke detector, with insect spray.
A Reset May Be Necessary
Do you have a hardwired unit with a battery backup? Then, flip the circuit breaker that controls the electrical power to the smoke alarm. Next, remove the detector from its mounting bracket and disconnect the power. Remove the battery and then press down on the test button for at least 15 seconds.
Do you own a battery-only unit? Then, remove the battery and press the test button for about 15 seconds. The detector will most likely chirp for a few moments before going silent. Next, reinstall the battery. You’ll hear chirping until the unit is fully reconnected. Once that happens, you shouldn’t hear anymore chirping after that.
Your Unit Could Be Old
If your unit is a decade old, then replace it. To find the age, remove it from the wall or ceiling, and the manufacture date should be on a label. If not, the alarm is too old and will need a replacement right away.
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