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GregW
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Its pretty evil that smoke detector manufacturers install the circuit so that the low battery beep ALWAYS goes off exactly 46minutes after you fall asleep at night.  The shuffling around in the middle of the night looking for the "one" that's beeping is always so much fun.  Made even more fun by dog that things she's about to die from sound weapon.

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@GregW So so true. Add carbon monoxide detectors to the list. We just went through that last week thinking it was a smoke detector. Then I told Jer, “Maybe it is the carbon monoxide detector.” Yep. The one we have sounds much like the smoke detector.

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I recently came home from vacation to the tune of such an alarm.  Fortunately, it was the carbon monoxide detector needing a battery.  It could have been worse (the fire/smoke detector in the “air craft hanger” which is my bed room).  I need a sixteen foot ladder to get to that one.

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The reason they go off at night is because that is when the battery is coldest and producing its lowest output voltage. The battery works by a chemical reaction and the speed of any chemical reaction doubles for every 10 degrees Kelvin (i.e. Celsius), I believe.

I went to my partner's house a few months ago and found her CO alarm in a bucket of water imperviously beeping away every few minutes, lol.

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I installed a central heating system 10 years ago that keeps heat at a preset set point.  otherwise I think I could go with the battery thing.  I'm pretty sure theyve put artificial intelligence in them with small cameras to study human response time after being woke.  Further investigation is needed though. 

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GregW said
I installed a central heating system 10 years ago that keeps heat at a preset set point.  otherwise I think I could go with the battery thing.  I'm pretty sure theyve put artificial intelligence in them with small cameras to study human response time after being woke.  Further investigation is needed though. 

@GregW OMGosh! Big brother is in the detectors now! I must cover the one in the bedroom! 😂

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My downstairs co2 detector is on continuous power since I piped gas into the house last year when switching some appliances to propane my better half insisted we get one. It has never gone off.

I have a smoke detector in my downstairs hallway that drives me nuts. The hood over my stove takes all air directly outside when on but it has a huge design flaw. It doesn't stick out far enough over the stove so the two front burners aren't really ventilated very well. I usually cook on the front burners so that's a problem. The biggest issue is when I open my oven. It almost always sets the smoke alarm off. No visible smoke. Must be very sensitive to both temperature and smoke.

I try to fan it with a large magazine or similar and that often clears it up. Run the hallway bath fan which helps to vent it out. Just very annoying.

The ones in my basement and the combo smoke/co2 upstairs are the worst for the little "chirp" on low battery. And yep. It's usually in the late evening.

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All joking aside, I'll gladly have the random late night battery chirps in exchange for the safety.  its just funny when it usually happens.  Here's something to check on...does the chirp circuit alert for other things like the sensor reaching end of life?  There is an expiration period on these.  I went with that last night after the battery replacement didn't work and Ordered a 3 pack combination smoke/co since I'm pretty sure they are all over due for replacement.  Thought Id stagger them out as far as replacing.  Thoughts?

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Can't hurt to periodically replace them. Whether it's really a necessity or not I can't say. I've never had one continue to chirp with a fresh battery. 

My hunch would be that the detectors will continue to work longer than any time duration mentioned by the manufacturer, but aside from batteries the liability to the maker is no longer in effect if  there should be an issue. TBH I never looked to see what the guarantee for those is. JMOP YMMV.

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Tim  sorry youre gonna have to dumb down the acronyms sir.  jmop=just my opinion?  ymmv=your mileage may vary?  sorry  I'm a forum noob. 

I had a couple of detectors that no matter what I did still did the periodic beep.  a former firefighter coworker said it might be due to reaching an end of life so that sounded resonable an so I just replaced it.  also painting walls could do it and might need blowing out the internals with air.

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It's not difficult to find smoke and CO alarms with a built-in 10-year battery. I go for these.

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GregW said
Tim  sorry youre gonna have to dumb down the acronyms sir.  jmop=just my opinion?  ymmv=your mileage may vary?  sorry  I'm a forum noob. 

I had a couple of detectors that no matter what I did still did the periodic beep.  a former firefighter coworker said it might be due to reaching an end of life so that sounded resonable an so I just replaced it.  also painting walls could do it and might need blowing out the internals with air.

  

Sorry GregW. You are right about those. The acronyms are habitual. IDK...I don't know. lol.

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@GregW I am so glad I am not the only one who cannot decipher all the acronyms used. I need a code book.

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My wife uses the smoke detector as a cooking timer.

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just standing on the corner watching all the girls go by.  I had to query the author to find out what that meant.

I used that joke without permission.

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MrYikes said
My wife uses the smoke detector as a cooking timer.

JSOTCWATGGB

just standing on the corner watching all the girls go by.  I had to query the author to find out what that meant.

I used that joke without permission.

  

Darn! That JSOTCWATGGB reminded me I lost my Winslow Arizona “Standing On the Corner” cap again! I will never get it back this time. 😥 I will just have to “Take It Easy”. Was not anywhere I thought it might be, this time. Should have put a smoke alarm in it so the dead batter could have alerted me!

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@MrYikes said "...My wife uses the smoke detector as a cooking timer."

Yikes indeed!   I'm betting you have some fast reflexes fella.

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Be safe!

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@starise Your above clip is one reason I would never go to Ichiban! If you do, bring a fire extinguisher. LOL

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I had to look up Ichiban lol. There's a place around here called Hibatchi that's the same kind of thing. Good food, but yeah, it's kinda close to the hot stuff.

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MrYikes said
My wife uses the smoke detector as a cooking timer.

JSOTCWATGGB

just standing on the corner watching all the girls go by.  I had to query the author to find out what that meant.

I used that joke without permission.

  

ROFL at the "cooking timer" @MrYikes !!! LOL....  love it !!!

Well on the theme of acronyms ( well, not acronyms - I don't know what these "strings of letters that represent phrases" are called... ) --- anyways - the one I've always loved is the Han Solo / Princess Leia "IJASKAW"

Han to Leia: Afraid I was gonna leave without giving you a goodbye kiss?

Leia: I'd just as soon kiss a Wookiee.

 

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh - guntohead.JPG

Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

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