The Reason Your Fire Alarm is Beeping
How to Fix a Beeping Alarm
Having a fully functioning fire alarm in key places around your home in Fruit Heights, UT, is not only critical for the safety of you and your family, but it is also a requirement by most states. Many of the injuries caused by home fires each year are in homes that do not have a working fire alarm. Luckily, when a battery-powered alarm malfunctions, it begins making a very… persistent chirping noise, so you’ll know when it’s time to fix it.
Stop the Beeping
Here are a few reasons your alarms may be beeping, and ways to fix it yourself.
Sometimes the beeping may be solved simply by resetting the fire alarm. To do this:
- Turn off the main power source (if connected to electricity).
- Take the alarm off of the wall or ceiling bracket.
- Remove the battery if present.
- Press and hold the “test” button for about 20 seconds.
- Put the battery back in.
- Put the alarm back into the bracket.
- Turn the power back on (if applicable).
Change the Battery
If the beeping persists, repeat the steps above and install a new battery instead. Batteries should generally be replaced every six months or so. Be sure to buy the correct battery that has the same amount of charge, and place it into the slot the way the old one was.
If you live in a newly built home, some states require that smoke alarms be hooked in with the main electrical system, so you won’t have to worry about changing the batteries.
Clean Out Dust
For both battery-powered and electrically powered fire alarms, if you haven’t been able to fix the beeping, and you notice a lot of dust and even bugs, try cleaning it out with some compressed air. Alarms that have been neglected to that extent, however, may have other issues and could require professional maintenance.
Especially if you’ve had a previous fire, there may be some alarms that came into contact with too much smoke or heat and endured smoke damage or fire damage. If this is the case, a remediation company can assist you in getting your home back up to code and ensuring it is as safe as possible for your family.