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Why Is My Smoke Alarm Beeping?

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

Image of hand changing battery in smoke detector with text: Why Is My Smoke Alarm Beeping? Don’t risk it – protect yourself and your family by promptly investigating – and if needed, replacing your smoke detectors.

We all know by now that having a working smoke detector is critical when it comes to home safety. A properly functioning smoke detector can alert you to danger and help save lives.

Sometimes smoke alarms sometimes can make a loud obnoxious chirp noise – even though there is no smoke. Why is it being so – let’s face itannoying?

Perhaps time flew by, and you forgot to change the batteries. Maybe it is a loose battery, or the terminal is obstructed. Open your smoke detector and if all looks well put a new battery inside. Use the self-check button on your alarm to ensure everything is functioning after installing or resetting the batteries.

  • Checking your batteries once a month is recommended.
  • Change your batteries once a year if they are replaceable.
  • If you have a non-replaceable 10-year battery smoke detector, replace it as soon as possible when it starts chirping.

Another reason your smoke alarm may chirp is due to a dirty sensing chamber. Routinely dusting your alarm can help with this issue.

If you have a wired smoke detector with battery backup, and replacing the battery didn’t help, you should inspect each detector wiring for loose connections. If you notice lights dimming, especially when an appliance is in use, contact an electrician.

After checking over your smoke alarm, your smoke detector is still beeping? It might be the end of its lifespan. Did you know that smoke alarms typically last about 8-10 years? After this period, the units sensing capacity may diminish, reducing its effectiveness. It may simply be time to replace your smoke detectors.

While a fire alarm may not spare your home from a destructive fire or smoke damage, this device may save your life. Don’t risk it – protect yourself and your family by promptly investigating – and if needed, replacing your smoke detectors.

If your home experience smoke or fire damage, our team at SERVPRO of St. Charles City are ready to help restore your property to preloss condition. 

Our team is trained to address small and large fire damage projects. We are IICRC certified and have the experience to tackle difficult problems. Our team is ready to serve businesses and families in the greater St. Charles area including St. Peters, O’Fallon, Weldon Spring, and Portage Des Sioux.

Call us and let us help you, (636) 926-0033.

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