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Old 10-16-2017, 07:05 PM
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We have builder installed First Alert smoke detectors. They are four years old and I had just replaced the batteries two months ago with Duracell alkaline batteries. Yes, we do replace them every year.

In only two months one unit was sending out chirps in groups of three so I knew it was screaming for batteries. I put in another battery from the same pack of ten that I had bought only two months ago and it was still chirping for new batteries. Annoyed, I removed the battery planing on dealing with it the next day Now it was chirping once every few minutes.

The lesson, the solution, taking the battery out does not shut the ........thing up. They are hardwired. The battery is a backup. You need to push the test button and hold it down to reset it. Interesting, if you look it up on the internet it says you need to shut off the circuit breaker. I did not need to do that.

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Old 10-16-2017, 07:30 PM
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Also, smoke/carbon detectors which are also installed (two) will only last about six years. If they beep and you replace the batteries and they still beep you will probably have to replace them. Smoke detectors will last for years. Carbon monoxide/smoke detectors will not.
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Old 10-16-2017, 07:43 PM
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Also, smoke/carbon detectors which are also installed (two) will only last about six years. If they beep and you replace the batteries and they still beep you will probably have to replace them. Smoke detectors will last for years. Carbon monoxide/smoke detectors will not.
Very true
I already had to replace 2 of my 6 detectors in my 2011 Gardenia
Amazon sells them
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Old 10-16-2017, 08:04 PM
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I contacted the company there was an issue with the smoke detectors that we had and recall. They replaced all of our smoke detectors in both houses for free. I had to give them the serial numbers and product was on our front porch within the week.
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Old 10-16-2017, 08:33 PM
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I contacted the company there was an issue with the smoke detectors that we had and recall. They replaced all of our smoke detectors in both houses for free. I had to give them the serial numbers and product was on our front porch within the week.
Now I hear this! I tore all of ours out and replaced them with a different brand. I added lithium batteries. No batteries need for ten years. Problem solved!
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Old 10-16-2017, 08:44 PM
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Also, smoke/carbon detectors which are also installed (two) will only last about six years. If they beep and you replace the batteries and they still beep you will probably have to replace them. Smoke detectors will last for years. Carbon monoxide/smoke detectors will not.
Ace Hardware has these combination alarms for around $45 each.

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Old 10-17-2017, 02:31 PM
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The 3 beeps was probably coming from the dual detector and tells you to replace the detector. The reset process you did will shut up the alarm for about 2 weeks then it will beep again. After 2 resets it will no longer reset and will not shut up unless you unplug it and remove the battery.

When it is the battery it will just issue a single beep at a regular interval.
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Old 10-17-2017, 02:35 PM
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[QUOTE=suesiegel;1462470]We have builder installed First Alert smoke detectors. They are four years old and I had just replaced the batteries two months ago with Duracell alkaline batteries. Yes, we do replace them every year.

In only two months one unit was sending out chirps in groups of three so I knew it was screaming for batteries

In any case, if they are defective, the village Fire Dept will send a person out, no charge to replace them. The new ones at the stores do come with new batteries installed. . Be sure to have them before the FD comes out.
They do a good job and it keeps you off of a ladder for sure.
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Old 10-17-2017, 04:23 PM
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In 11 years I have replaced all of my smoke detectors twice and my Carbon detector three times.

I intend to replace them again when I ave to replace the batteries this spring.
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Old 10-17-2017, 07:50 PM
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I contacted the company there was an issue with the smoke detectors that we had and recall. They replaced all of our smoke detectors in both houses for free. I had to give them the serial numbers and product was on our front porch within the week.
Another poster mentioned the carbon monoxide ones do not last as long. After only one day, it this morning it is chirping again same unit-only when it thinks I'm not looking.

We have 6 detectors, 10 foot ceilings and as stated previously they are hard wired as well as the battery back up. Great fun if I need to take down the five to get the serial numbers.

I do wonder why we have 6 detectors AND there are none in the garage-the place most likely to catch fire.
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