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I was woke up in the early morning, by a low battery warning from my smoke detector in the hall the other day, got up and removed the battery and pressed the hush button, but the warning continued, so I looked in the front room and found a CO detector singing merrily, changed the batteries and went back to bed happy. I was convinced it was the smoke detector in the hall.ūüôĄ¬†

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Guest Roxxy

Hi ,

Yes the exact same issue at 530am? In the end removed the casing and took out the battery it was still beeping and so I gave up and decided to use my time awake wisely by looking for solutions online. Low and behold what should happen as Harry the very smart man suggested , the battery pack simply made a kind of battery dying sound and the chirping ended. As Harry had said earlier in the above posts some residual battery power does remain and can continue the chirping for a short time before it completely depletes. 

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Guest Emily

Ei44 Heat Alarm and my 3am Wake Ups

I enjoy a good rave as such as the next person, but maybe not so much when it's unsolicited and commencing at 3am to just the single track of shrill beeping emitted from our Heat Alarm. The alarm of course has other ideas and decided that this must to an almost weekly event. Lucky us.

There seems to be at least three rules to this occurrence:

  • it absolutely has to be the middle of the night.
  • myself and my partner¬†must have something to get up for the next day.
  • the alarm will not listen to reason.

Waking up in a blind panic, we normally arm ourselves with towels for wafting, and a stool to actually reach the damn thing. Even though we press the hush button our detector cheerily ignores this command and either continues with its jaunty tune or simple pauses for breath (a minute if we're lucky) before diving right back into its late night anthem. Tonight we had the added bonus of our upstairs neighbour screaming "TURN OFF YOUR F***ING ALARM" which was a pleasant feature in our late night soundtrack.

A lot of the information we've found online seems to centre around the two types of smoke detectors but I can't seem to find much on the heat detector which seems to hog this spotlight act. I was wondering what possible causes there would for this to happen as it hasn't been complaining of a low battery and our letting agent assured us that the batteries had been replaced prior to us moving in just three months ago. There is no obvious reason for the alarm going off, one running theory is that there's a hot water pipe installed in the floor above it but I'm sceptical. I just don't see why it would be set off? And I especially don't see why it doesn't seem to obey its reset function.

Please Help.

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Hi Emily, smoke and heat alarms love to go off in the middle of the night when the temperature is at its lowest and the backup battery voltage drops as a result of the low temperatures. If your battery is on the end of its lifespan, this is one way - but a very painful way - of finding out. I would recommend that you pro-actively exchange batteries every year or two to avoid this.

You ought to check the age of the heat alarm. The alarms need replacing every ten years otherwise they can become erratic. See here how to remove the alarm and check the age. There is a replacement alarm for the Ei144 heat alarm.

Harry

 

 

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Guest Sarah

My alarm has been beeping every minute all night I reset and switched it off at fuse no luck 

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Hi Sarah, switching the alarm off at the fuse makes things worse as the alarm not only has a low battery warning but also ants to tell you about the power interruption.

The best approach is to either change the backup batteries once a year as a pre-emptive step or to change your alarms to smoke alarms with trickle charging of the batteries. If you currently have the Ei140 series (with alkaline batteries) you can buy new Easichange Ei160 series alarm heads which slide staright onto the existing base and have trickle-charged backup batteries that last the entire life of the alarm.

Harry

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Guest Matt

Can anyone answer this please??

Instead of waking whole family up I have stopped the beeping by inserting screwdriver 

obviously this will I imagine disable the alarm but means I don’t have to turn mains off etc till the morning 

 

is it safe to leave it like this for a couple of hours with mains on?

yours hopefully at 4am

matt

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Apart from being a idiotic thing to do inserting screwdriver into a live piece of electrical apparatus, why didn't you just remove it from its base and change the battery, that was most probably was all that was needed.

Spending an hour to sort it out would have been more sensible than taking actions that could put you asleep for a very long time.

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