Hard Wired Smoke Alarm Problems

Hard-wired smoke alarm problems are more common than you'd think. These alarms are wired directly to your home's electric supply. If you're unsure which alarm is wreaking havoc on the system, look for the alarm light that's flashing red. Let's look at the most common dilemmas.

Chirping Away
A hard-wired detector connects to your home's power supply, but most units also contain a back-up battery in case of a power failure. If a hard-wired smoke alarm is chirping, it's time to replace the battery. Test the battery monthly and replace at least one time each year. After ten years, replace the unit.

False Alarm
The hard-wired smoke alarm goes off, but no signs of smoke or fire exist in your dwelling. Several culprits could be causing the false alarm. Dust, spider webs or insects can disrupt the detector. You may need to disconnect the alarm and clean it with a shot of compressed air. Humid conditions also activate the alarm. If possible, keep windows closed during humid periods or use a dehumidifier to draw moisture out of the air.

Power Failure
A hard-wired detector may sound the alarm in case of a power failure. Although the system should be regulated by the backup battery, it is possible that a continuous beep may be the result of a power failure. Reset the alarm system.

Location
The unit may sound as a result of where it's positioned in the house. Dust, steam, and small amounts of smoke may set off the alarm. Avoid placing an alarm close to an oven. Instead, position the detector at least twenty feet from an oven. Direct heat from a heater, furnace or vent may sound the alarm. Move the detector at least ten feet away from this type of heat source. If the alarm continues to sound after it's been repositioned, the alarm may be defective and should be replaced.
Equipping your home with smoke detectors is an essential method of home protection. If the alarm sounds without a hint of smoke or fire, the battery may need replaced or the unit may need to be cleaned.

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