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    Smoke Detector Help.

    So at around 1am i hear the loudest noise in america, one of our doors slams shut. It sounding like a bomb going off... the wind just blew it shut. So after i manage to figure out what happened and fall back to sleep the fire alarms start going off. Talk about a wife freaking out.

    I live in a new house and they are all connected. Awesome, not. I cant get them to shut off. I cant figure out which one started it. I take all the batteries out, they still are going off, i dont get it.

    Finally i find a silence button that works after about 10 seconds... then i get the chirping sound forever, not sure why? i thought the battery just died in one, but i put them all back in and they are all quiet now... does anyone have any ideas? Could a room of gotten to hot? Again if its to hot on april 1st, i cant imagine Aug 1st. Its not humid... talk about getting freaked out.

    Also where does one learn about the whys and hows of a smoke detector? So its about an hour and they are silent. Guess ill try to call it a night.



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    Re: Smoke Detector Help.

    Not sure about the why, but I have an idea on the how. The batteries are all backup and the detectors are all connected to the wiring in your home, so they obviously work without batteries. They chirp because they were warning you that all the batteries weren't in place. Since they're all connected together, if one has an issue, they all notify you.



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    Re: Smoke Detector Help.

    I had the same problem when I moved into my new house. It happened every couple of months usually around 2am. To fix the problem: I pulled each one down, cleaned it with compressed air, replaced the batteries with name brand, and put them back up. No problems since.



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    Re: Smoke Detector Help.

    Was your house built on an old native-american burial site?



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    Re: Smoke Detector Help.

    I had a similar issue in our new house. I cleaned them all and replaced batteries and it still would go off everyday. To find out which one is the problem one unplug them all and use it on battery power only. This way you are still covered in case of a fire, but they all won't be going off over nothing. I did this and within a few hours I found out that I had 2 bad detectors. They would chirp a few times and stop, or it would go off completely. I replaced these smoke detectors and haven't had a problem since.

    Also, smoke detectors are supposed to last for 10 years. There should be a manufacture date on it somewhere. If you bought the smoke detector then you might be able to call them and have them replace it. However, if you bought the house with the detectors (like I did) then you will have to replace it yourself.



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    Re: Smoke Detector Help.

    Quote Originally Posted by jtdoyle1 View Post
    Was your house built on an old native-american burial site?
    I told you the ouija board was a bad idea!



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    Re: Smoke Detector Help.

    Mine went off randomly as well, just a couple weeks ago. They went for a few seconds and then stopped. Then about an hour later they did the same thing. They haven't done it since. Mine are also in a newer home, about 7 years old. It looks like if they do that again I may need to go around and clean them out.



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    Re: Smoke Detector Help.

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneJames View Post
    I had a similar issue in our new house. I cleaned them all and replaced batteries and it still would go off everyday. To find out which one is the problem one unplug them all and use it on battery power only. This way you are still covered in case of a fire, but they all won't be going off over nothing. I did this and within a few hours I found out that I had 2 bad detectors. They would chirp a few times and stop, or it would go off completely. I replaced these smoke detectors and haven't had a problem since.

    Also, smoke detectors are supposed to last for 10 years. There should be a manufacture date on it somewhere. If you bought the smoke detector then you might be able to call them and have them replace it. However, if you bought the house with the detectors (like I did) then you will have to replace it yourself.
    What he said... I found a bad one in my house...



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    Re: Smoke Detector Help.

    I had the exact same situation when I lived in Denver. New house, and they were all wired together. It would literally only happen in the middle of the night and it does scare the crap out of you, even when you know what it is (I had a security alarm and so it would take me a second or two to determine whether it was fire or secrurity alarm).

    If it's a brand new house (< 1 yr), you can probably make the builder fix it under the warranty.....



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    Re: Smoke Detector Help.

    We had the same problem. After a 4 AM trip to walmart, replacing the batteries, we then realized you can simply turn off the alarms from your electric box.


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    Re: Smoke Detector Help.

    Quote Originally Posted by mjones34 View Post
    We had the same problem. After a 4 AM trip to walmart, replacing the batteries, we then realized you can simply turn off the alarms from your electric box.

    Ha, almost made the early trip for batteries as well.



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    Quote Originally Posted by isuaggie View Post
    I had the same problem when I moved into my new house. It happened every couple of months usually around 2am. To fix the problem: I pulled each one down, cleaned it with compressed air, replaced the batteries with name brand, and put them back up. No problems since.

    Thanks everyone. Your stories make it seem more like a fluke or faulty equipment than paranormal activities now.



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    Re: Smoke Detector Help.

    dust it, always check the dust of the alarm



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