So how do they function? When the smoke reaches the detector, a series of alarms are set off to notify people that there is a fire in the premises. The detectors have a loud ringing/beeping sound that can be heard in every corner of a building.
In emergencies, smoke detectors have been very helpful. But, at times, there can also be a false alarm from the smoke detector. This may happen if the detector is malfunctioning or if any part of it, like the battery, has become dysfunctional. Here's how you can fix the problem.
Instructions to Stop a Beeping Smoke Alarm
Right in the middle of the night, the smoke alarm installed in your home lets out a loud noise. You wake up, panicked, thinking that there is a fire in the house. However, you are unable to detect anything.
You're quite annoyed to hear the smoke detector's continuous beeping for no apparent reason. But why does this electronic device produce sounds even in the absence of smoke? There can be several reasons why the smoke alarm keeps beeping incessantly. Whatever the reason, it is essential to troubleshoot the beeping problem. Here's how.
● The smoke alarm may begin to beep if the battery in it has become old. An old battery may not provide the backup required by the unit, so it can be one of the reasons why it may be creating a ruckus. To address this problem, it is necessary to replace the old battery with a new one. It is advisable to change batteries twice a year, to avoid this issue.
● There can be minor reasons, like steam from the shower, cooking, or excessive heat in the room. In case the smoke detector is functioning due to these reasons, then you can either switch on the exhaust fan, wave a towel, or stiff a cardboard underneath the alarm to dissipate the smoke and stop the buzzing of the alarm.
● Clogged compartments in the smoke detector sensor can also cause the alarm to go off without any actual reason. The unit may get blocked due to a number of reasons like dust, insects, cobwebs, etc.
You can unblock the sensor with the use of a vacuum cleaner or a can of compressed air (normally used for cleaning keyboards). With a steady jet of air, you can dislodge the dust, dead or alive insects and spiderwebs accumulated in the unit.
● There are times, when there is a loose connection in the smoke detector. For this, you will have to dismantle the entire unit and check the connections. In case your smoke detector unit is too old, then you may have to replace it with a new one. Routine checks with the electrician can also help in detecting problems in the alarm.
● Sometimes, the alarm may go off when the moisture levels rise, you're cooking with frozen goods or baking, or even if you've just had a really steamy shower. If moisture levels are the problem, remember to control levels using a dehumidifier.
Some units come with a 'Silence' (sometimes called 'Hush' or even 'Stop') button that you can turn off to stop the noise. If the unit is battery-operated, removing the battery might help. However, always remember to zero in on the reason after proper scrutiny.
Always ascertain the reason why the smoke detector is beeping, even in the absence of smoke. In some cases, the alarm may go off even due to the presence of carbon monoxide in the air. So, before shutting off the alarm, check out the reason and then do so. Also get in touch with your electrician for exact troubleshooting in case none of the above ways work.