Why is My Smoke Alarm Beeping?
If your smoke alarm goes off, you’re likely to panic. After all, it’s not something you want to hear in the middle of the night. But if your smoke alarm keeps beeping after you’ve silenced it, there could be a more serious problem at hand. In this article, we’ll take a look at why your smoke alarm is beeping. A home safety device might feel compelled to keep blaring, let’s see what steps you can take to silence it once and for all so that sleep returns to your household once again.
The Smoke Alarm Battery is Low
Commonly, all product batteries run out eventually. One of the main reasons a smoke detector will beep is due to low battery. It’s the signal for household occupants to replace the battery.
We recommend people test their smoke alarms on a monthly basis and replace them twice a year. Instead of waiting for when your smoke alarm is beeping. For fire alarms click here.
Test the Battery:
- You can use a smoke detector tester. Using a smoke detector tester will tell you if your smoke alarm is working properly and whether it needs a new battery, or not.
You Don’t Need New Batteries:
- If you don’t need to change the battery then check you are not using the wrong batteries. If the batteries are correct then it could be worth checking if the pull tab is still intact. Lastly, we all make silly mistakes… check the batteries haven’t been put in the wrong way.
You Do Need New Batteries:
- If you do need to change the battery, remove the old one and replace it with a fresh one. Ideally, one that has enough power left in it to last for another 10 years. Be sure to press down firmly on each side of the battery so that it clicks into place securely.
The Smoke Alarm is Outdated
When the alarm has reached its end of life, it will begin to beep and emit a warning tone. This is not an indication that your home is on fire; it’s simply telling you that it’s time to replace the device. If you continue to use an outdated smoke alarm, then there’s a risk that the unit could become unreliable or even faulty.
No product is designed to last forever. Typically a smoke alarm will last 7-10 years and the date of manufacture will be on the back of the smoke alarm. Be sure to check it over, even if the device is brand new. Once you know the date of replacement perhaps set a reminder in your calendar to replace the device again in the future.
The Smoke Alarm is Damaged or Faulty
Smoke detectors are easily damaged. Faults can occur when the device is exposed to water, paint, grease and tampering. If your smoke alarm is beeping and it’s faulty there is sadly very little you can do as an end user. We recommend either replacing the device or contacting the manufacturer.
The Smoke Alarm is Placed Incorrectly
Placement of a smoke alarm is important. If incorrectly placed, you are more prone to false alarms. The best place to fit a smoke alarm is in the centre of a ceiling, away from obstructions.
It may sound crazy but we have seen:
- Smoke alarms placed outside.
- Smoke alarms in cupboards.
- Smoke alarms within 10 feet of a cooking appliance.
- Smoke alarms next to windows or doors.
- Smoke alarms under sinks or cookers.
- Where dirt and dust could block the sensor.