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cascadesgal

01:09PM | 08/18/07
Member Since: 08/11/07
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Is there anything in a new house that would make noise similar to a smoke detector sound? I have heard that an electric water heater makes the sound of a smoke detector, is that when it is not running properly. Can anyone let me know about this, or anything else you can think of. Thank you.

joed

03:30PM | 08/20/07
Member Since: 09/17/02
527 lifetime posts
Not really a smoke detector sound, but I have heard of gas meters making sounds.

TimBonham

10:09PM | 08/24/07
Member Since: 01/09/07
197 lifetime posts
Some modern electronic equipment can make those 'chirping' kind of noises. Especially the kind that have batteries in them.

Look into computers with backup power supplies, fancy stereo systems, digital TV's, VCR's, DVD players, wireless phones, thermostats with timed settings, etc.

Generally, any electronic device where you enter something (set channels on the TV, set time in the VCR, choose a frequency for the wireless phone) and it is remembered when you turn the appliance off has a battery in it somewhere. Many are the rechargeable type, that will work for months or years before wearing out. But eventually they wear out, and will no longer hold a charge. Often, the device detects this, and makes a warning sound to indicate the battery failure. And often it only sounds off periodically, so it may be hard to find. Sometimes you only hear it at night, when the house is quiet. And it's quiet again by the time you get out of bed and search around for the sound. This can be very frustrating!

MistressEll

04:12PM | 08/28/07
Member Since: 01/30/05
361 lifetime posts
Wonder if you have a water softner system, if so it might be set to finish its cycle recharging and flushing in the very early morning hours. Check that, if you have one.

Might also be a carbon monoxide detector chirping (a low level detection) that clears itself...check that too.

MistressEll

04:13PM | 08/28/07
Member Since: 01/30/05
361 lifetime posts
If your electric water heater is set in a pan, and has a water detection alarm (usually also 9V transistor battery powered) it might be detecting water, or signalling the need for a battery change (and perhaps the morning activities hide the sound later in the day).
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