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Troubleshooting for smoke detector beeping problems

By Daniela Smithensen

The sound of a smoke detector beeping can be one of the most annoying sounds you can experience. Find the issue and fix it right off to keep yourself protected from a fire, and from listening to constant beeping all day. There are normally four things you can try out to fix the beeping before replacing it.

Most often when the smoke detector beeping starts the batteries have seen their last day. Check to see if the battery is loose first and if not replace or recharge the battery within the unit. Close the battery compartment tight to secure it in, and hopefully this should solve the beeping.

Another cause to the annoying beeping could be that the unit is simply dirty. Take the unit down and clear all the dust and grim that has built up over time. Taking the hose to your unit may also help get rid of the smoke detector beeping. Do not remove the back panel of the unit if you can avoid it, this is the part that is secured to the wall or ceiling.

If you still seem to be experience smoke detector beeping you may have to reset your alarm unit. If it is run through the wall, reset your entire circuit breaker. This will reset all units plugged into the outlets in your home so be prepared to reset some clocks. If you have a standard battery version simply take out the battery and put it back after a few second.

If these options have not worked your beeping could be caused by electrical surges. If your detector only beeps at certain times your electricity may be experiencing small surges of power that causes it to do this. If in the end this still doesn’t stop the beeping, just replace the whole unit.

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Smithensen, Daniela "Troubleshooting for smoke detector beeping problems." Troubleshooting for smoke detector beeping problems. 27 Jun. 2010. 8 Aug 2014 <>.

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