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Debbie Dunkley

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Crazy smoke detector problem.
« on: October 05, 2017, 09:53:28 am »

I am lost here and not sure what else to do without bringing in an electrician.

So, 4 days ago, one of my smoke detectors started chirping. No problem I thought and popped in a new battery.
Still chirped.
So I pulled the detector from the connector gave it a blast of air. Ceiling chirped.
I pulled breaker, pressed and held test button on device for 15 seconds with battery out, replaced battery and connected detector into ceiling. Breaker back on - Still chirped.
So I ordered brand new replacement smoke detectors online - got the exact same model for easy replacement. 11 year old house so it was overdue anyway. (I have a couple of back up detectors linked to my house alarm so it  not as bad as it sounds)
They arrived yesterday after 3 days of going mad with chirping. Replaced every detector in the house. All brand new batteries. Continued the chirp throughout the process till we replaced the last one and held the test button to set them all off. Then it stopped - YAY!

Till 2.00am this morning. WHAT IN THE WORLD??????

Checked battery - full capacity - but switched out anyway...still chirps...

So basically the ceiling chirps when detector is removed and breaker is off... yep.

Any ideas?





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Re: Crazy smoke detector problem.
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2017, 09:55:29 am »

Is your house on fire?

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Re: Crazy smoke detector problem.
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2017, 09:59:58 am »

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Re: Crazy smoke detector problem.
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2017, 10:12:50 am »

I read somewhere that sometimes other devices, remote controls etc can affect smoke detectors. Yesterday I moved everything I could think of away from that part of the room.......Went back up there - looked around and realized behind a photo on a dresser was one of my carbon monoxide detectors.  I simply moved it to the other side of the room and the chirping has stopped. Now all I hear is crickets.
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Re: Crazy smoke detector problem.
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2017, 10:33:58 am »

one of my carbon monoxide detectors.

... that's a pretty crude way to refer to your canary...
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Re: Crazy smoke detector problem.
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2017, 10:35:33 am »

... that's a pretty crude way to refer to your canary...

you guys.....
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« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2017, 10:56:49 am »

I had a chirper last winter. In the middle of the night in the unheated part of my house the ambient temp dropped enough that the battery voltage sagged enough to chirp. The voltage threshold is pretty high so the battery will still have enough energy to work until replaced.

It was annoying because in the middle of the night I just unplugged the battery and went back to sleep. The next morning the battery didn't chirp, because it was warmer.

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Re: Crazy smoke detector problem.
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2017, 11:05:45 am »

So basically the ceiling chirps when detector is removed and breaker is off... yep.

Any ideas?

You had removed the detector from ceiling - and also pulled the battery from the detector and there was still a chirping sound coming from the ceiling?

I've installed enough of those to know that it's just a plastic mounting-ring on the ceiling with no active components in that ring.

-would there be one in the attic above too?
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Re: Crazy smoke detector problem.
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2017, 11:10:56 am »

I read somewhere that sometimes other devices, remote controls etc can affect smoke detectors. Yesterday I moved everything I could think of away from that part of the room.......Went back up there - looked around and realized behind a photo on a dresser was one of my carbon monoxide detectors.  I simply moved it to the other side of the room and the chirping has stopped. Now all I hear is crickets.

Just from a personal safety standpoint Deb, you may want to move the CM detector back to the original spot where you discovered it and see if it starts chirping again.  If it does, you may have a hidden leakage somewhere that should be checked.  Is the room where the detector was discovered above the garage maybe?
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« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2017, 11:20:31 am »

You had removed the detector from ceiling - and also pulled the battery from the detector and there was still a chirping sound coming from the ceiling?

I've installed enough of those to know that it's just a plastic mounting-ring on the ceiling with no active components in that ring.

-would there be one in the attic above too?

I know it sounds crazy Craig but it happened.
Here is an article where someone else experienced the same thing. Read down about 8 paragraphs.

https://www.bobvila.com/posts/80332-please-help-with-hard-wired-smoke-detector-issue?page=1#.WdZNRGUw0UE

No detectors in the attic.
« Last Edit: October 05, 2017, 11:28:43 am by Debbie Dunkley »
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