I tried three out of the four ways to repair a beeping or chirping smoke detector except one – replace it with a new model. Turns out my smoke alarm was broken and beeped, chirped and otherwise drove us crazy and Blitzkrieg in to false alarm barking spasms for far too long.
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Of course my broken smoke alarm was in my bedroom – the only room in the house with the cathedral ceiling.
However it was a very easy and cheap fix to replace my broken smoke alarm with one that no longer beeps and wakes us up in the middle of the night due to a false alarm once we bought a very tall ladder.
Hardwired smoke alarm with battery backup
Electric drill and Drill bit set
Multi use extension ladder (useful whether you have high ceilings or not)
Electrical tape or electrical wing nuts (also called twist on connectors) I am using both
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Warning: If you are unsure about your electrical skills please call a pro to do the job for you. I don’t want to lose any readers because you electrocute yourselves or fall off of a ladder and break something important.
How to Fix It:
1. Shut the electricity off at the breaker to the room with the broken smoke detector. VERY IMPORTANT!
2. Remove the broken smoke alarm from ceiling mounting plate. Chances are the smoke detector will twist off of the mount plate with your hand.
Please excuse my photo quality for this tutorial. I had to choose between good photo quality and losing my balance and falling off of the ladder. I choose not to fall off of the ladder and my photo quality suffered for it. Sorry folks.
3. Unscrew the screws attaching the mounting ring to the ceiling to remove the old mounting ring from ceiling.
Yes, the plastic ring took some piant off the ceiling when I removed it. Oops.
4. Remove the electrical wing nuts and connectors from the wires in the ceiling. WARNING: Make sure the electricity is OFF to these wires or will get a nasty, possibly fatal shock. And we don’t want that now do we? Of course not.
Twisty and connected.
Use insulated electrical tape.
I reused the wingnuts from the old smoke detector.
8. Attach the mounting ring of the new smoke detector to the ceiling by drilling pilot holes in the ceiling as needed and screwing the mounting plate to the ceiling according to the directions that came with the new smoke alarm.
You may have to drill new pilot holes for the screws to the new ceiling mounting plate.
9. Plug the smoke alarm into the ceiling plug.
10. Attach the smoke detector to the ceiling mounting plate according to the directions that came with your new smoke alarm. Mine was supposed to easily hand screw into the groves on new ceiling mounting plate.
The newly installed smoke detector!
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