11:23AM | 08/12/07
Member Since: 08/11/07
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New house. 5 months at night not every night beeping/chirping. Smoke detectors changed by builder's electricians 4X. 14 foot ceilings wired and battery backup. Just replaced yesterday, went off at 2am, 4am, 6am. Also have a security alarm system, Brinks has checked and says it's not coming from that. What could it be? I have not had a night's sleep for 5 months. Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you.


12:16PM | 08/12/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
Is this just one or two chirps at a time?

Some smokes will do that when power is removed. Turn the breaker off for the smokes and wait a couple of minutes. Do they chirp.

If it appears that is the problem have the power company put on a recording monitor to check for power problems.

Beside the usualy smokes what about CO alarm. Or fire (heat on smoke) alarms that might be tied to the smokes. Might be in the attic or garage or basement.

TRy a process of elimination. Start with completely removing the smokes. Take them down and remove the batteries. Then wait and see if the chirping returns.

If it does then move on to th next thing. Have the control panel(s) for the alarm removed.

Note in a couple of cases this has been from games and toys that got hidden away.


02:39PM | 08/12/07
Member Since: 08/11/07
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To Billhart:

Two beeps, then stops. Starts again in few hours. What puzzles me is that it is only at night. I have been in the house 3 days, NOTHING during the day. The only thing that I have besides the smoke detectors is a security alarm which they say is not connected to the smoke detectors and is a separate company. The builder's electricians did something to the circuit breaker and I cannot shut them off. Besides, at 2 or 4 A.M. by the time I get to the garage, they stop. I am arguing with the builder to remove the alarms, but they say it's a liability. I will have a handyman do it since the ceilings are 14 feet and I cannot get up there. Thanks for the fast reply.
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