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Why does my smoke alarm beep?

Is your smoke detector going off, but you don't know? Below, we've listed a number of possible reasons for a smoke detector that keeps going off.

The battery's empty

As soon as the battery is nearly empty, the smoke detector will make an occasional beeping sound to notify you. In your smoke detector's manual. you can find out how often you'll hear this beeping sound. Replace the battery of your smoke detector or purchase a new smoke detector if you own a smoke detector that doesn't feature replaceable batteries.

The battery lid is open, or the battery's not properly connected.

Smoke detector batteries

Did you recently install new batteries in the smoke detector and is still beeping? Check whether the batteries have been inserted the right way and whether the lid is correctly shut.

The smoke detector is dirty

Dust particles float freely through the air and can enter your smoke detector. That's why it's important to regularly clean your smoke detectors. There are smoke detectors that warn you once they are in need of cleaning. These smoke detectors will start beeping or notify via you through the app. You can read more about cleaning a smoke detector in the following article:

The smoke detector needs to be replaced

Some newer smoke detector models will start beeping when their life-span is nearly done. Unfortunately, not all of them do this. Other models will just suddenly stop working. That's why it's important to pay close attention to the expiration date on the smoke detector. If the expiration date has passed, make sure to replace it, even if the smoke detector still works if you press the test button. It's generally a good idea to test your smoke detector once per month. You can read more about testing your smoke detector in the following article:

Input defect

There's a chance there might be a defect in the input of the smoke detector. This holds especially true for smoke detectors that are connected to the power grid. First, disable the power via your fuse box. Afterward, disconnect the smoke detector from the ceiling. Check whether the base plate is still attached to the ceiling and check whether the wiring is correctly connected.

A technical defect

Have you checked all of the items mentioned above and is the smoke detector still beeping? There's a chance that the smoke detector might be defective. In case of a technical defect, most smoke detectors will sound an alarm. Reset the smoke detector and replace it if this doesn't work.


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