There’s nothing more frustrating than the sound of a relentless beeping smoke alarm. Worse, it might not work correctly, putting you and your family at risk. This helpful blog will discuss how to repair your smoke alarm to stop that annoying chirping and stay protected. But first, let’s look at what a noisy smoke alarm means.
What do smoke alarm noises mean?
Believe it or not, a smoke alarm can make various noises, each meaning something different. Listen closely for these sounds to determine the issue:
- Continuous beeps — If your alarm emits continuous beeps, it detects smoke. If you have a single alarm, that means the smoke is in the device’s immediate vicinity. If you have an interconnected system, immediately inspect for signs of smoke near any of your other devices.
- Single beeps — Single beeps occurring 30 seconds to one minute apart suggest your battery needs replacing. However, it could also indicate other issues, like dusty sensors or the unit’s reached the end of its lifespan and needs replacing.
- Multiple beeps — Multiple beeps from your device could signal more specific problems or other alarm types. Your smoke alarm might have carbon monoxide detection or a First Alert detector that beeps three times if the device is malfunctioning or five times if it reaches the end of its life span. Check your device manual to discover the specific sound, and reach out to our trained technicians at Climate Plus for smoke alarm repair.
How to repair your smoke alarm
If your smoke detector is not just beeping periodically but sounding like an actual alarm, and there is no sign of fire, it’s clear you are experiencing false or nuisance alarms. Here is an easy checklist to follow to repair your smoke alarm:
- Change the batteries — The most common reason a smoke alarm chirps is that it needs a battery replacement. To replace the battery, simply remove the battery’s cover and the old battery and install the new one. Use the test button to make sure it works.
- Clear dust — If dust makes its way to your smoke alarm’s sensors, it will interfere with the device’s battery connection. Clean your smoke alarm every six months by removing your alarm’s faceplate and using a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment to remove dirt and dust. Alternatively, you can clean outside the unit with a wipe or compressed air to get the dust out of places a vacuum or wipe can’t reach.
- Reset your alarm — After replacing a smoke alarm’s battery, a residual charge left in the device can cause periodic chirping. Resetting the device will drain this charge. The process differs for battery-operated or wired smoke alarms. For a battery-operated alarm, remove the battery, hold the test button for 15 seconds and reinstall or replace the battery.
For a wired alarm, shut off your home’s main power breaker and disconnect the alarm’s unit power cable. Take the alarm down and remove the backup battery. Hold the test button for 15 seconds before reinstalling the backup battery. Reconnect the alarm to the power cable, replace the alarm and turn on your home’s main power break.
If you’ve tried all three steps and your alarm is still beeping, it’s likely your alarm has reached the end of its lifespan and needs replacement.
Climate Plus — Australia’s trusted smoke alarm repair services and replacement
At Climate Plus, we offer smoke alarm repair services, testing and installation as part of our electrical services. Our trained technicians will install your smoke alarms according to fire safety codes and ensure they function correctly.
As a locally owned business, our local electricians are familiar with Canberra properties. They will promptly arrive at your home and resolve the issue as quickly as possible. With our smoke alarm service, you can rest assured your home remains protected from fire hazards. Contact us today to learn more about our smoke alarm installation and maintenance services and book your next service. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask our friendly team.