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Old 04-09-2013, 04:38 PM
 
Location: plano
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I had chirping smoke detectors, one 21 feet up on the ceiling not near a wall.

After looking at options, I called an electric company who replaced the smoke detectors. I was advised that code requires one in each bedroom and one in each living room and alternative smoke detectors suck as ADT installed in my home do not count due to a design difference. I thought my battery backups were needing replacement and causing the chirping. I was advised that smoke detectors are designed to chirp at 10 years of age because they need to be replaced at that point.

Anyone understand the rules and chirping reason stated above? The contractor advised they could not shut of my old smoke detectors due to code. I suppose I am glad I had it done but less than inexpensive to say that least. I hope I can get to sleep tonight with no chirping for a change!
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Austin
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I've never heard of what you're talking about. Chirping detectors should be a dead battery. Many people don't know this, but when you replace the battery, you should hold the reset button for several seconds as that will drain the memory to start over with the new battery. It might have been chirping because it wasn't recognizing the new battery yet.
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:53 PM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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Replace all the batteries in all the detectors first. You may have another battery bad.
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:05 PM
 
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What code?
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Austin
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What code?
I think the electricians just wanted to charge more than the cost of batteries...
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:30 PM
 
Location: plano
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Replace all the batteries in all the detectors first. You may have another battery bad.
I had 6 of 7 chirping at the same time. The code he referred is some sort of national building code.. probably suggested not required by the local authorities because he clearly indicated it was not a Plano code issue. One of the downsides I find in this W. Plano neighborhood is contractors seem to have special pricing rules for this area... and I dont mean special as in low. Oh well, I have 7 new smoke detectors with 10 yr warranty batteries. Next visit is to my insurance guy to see if I get a break on homeowners with these great new smoke detectors....just kidding of course.

Thanks for the comments....
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:24 PM
 
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I'm guessing that not only they charged you for the installation but sold you all those 7 units.
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