08:21AM | 01/20/07
Member Since: 01/19/07
2 lifetime posts

about a week ago my hardwired(no battery) smoke detectors,(two in basement, one on each floor)total four, all sound off. It has occurred once each day, generally in the morning between 8:30 and 9:30 although today it happened at Noon.

There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason. Once I was home alone with only a computer and light on in the entire house so heavy electrical usage does not appear to be the problem.

I flip the circuit breaker and it seems to then be fine until it happens again the next day.

They are FireX Model G-6 installed new fifteen years ago when the house was built.

Any suggestions, thoughts as to what could be the cause?


D Franklin


09:01PM | 01/20/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
It can be dust built up in them.

TRy blowing them out.

I was talking to FireX and about another issue and they said that ones that old where no longer reliable and should be replaced.

I installed some new FireX that have battery backup (most codes today require that), line operated. But the battery can be changed externally.

And they lights on then that you an use to tell which one tripped the alarm.

And you can temporary desentize them and they automatically reset back to norm. Good for the fireplace that backsmokes when the wind is wrong or the cooking "errors".

Tom O

03:54AM | 01/21/07
Member Since: 09/17/02
477 lifetime posts
IMO, time to replace the detectors. New ones of the type Bill mentioned should run about $20 apiece.


04:57PM | 01/22/07
Member Since: 01/19/07
2 lifetime posts
Thanks a bunch.

I'll run with your wisdom and cleaning first.

thanks again.

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