A Guide to Fixing a Beeping/Broken Smoke Detector

We have all been there. A night of good sleep is disrupted by a constant chirping from somewhere in the house. Or your favorite TV show gets interrupted by a high-pitched beeping noise off in the distance. You think you have an idea where it’s located, but you’re not quite sure.


You probably assume it’s the battery. The ladder gets pulled from the garage, and you ascend the steps to replace the thing—hoping it’s the correct fix. But what if it’s not the battery? How do you eliminate the chirping if replacing the battery isn’t the correct fix?


We explore a few common causes and offer guidance on how to stop smoke detector from beeping.



How Do You Stop Smoke Detector from Beeping?

Attending to your smoke detector is of critical importance. The US Fire Administration reports that the risk of death can be cut in half when a home has a working smoke alarm. Each alarm is equipped to alert you when there is an issue with the proper functioning of the unit.


These pesky chirping alerts are intended for critical and life-saving purposes. In many cases, the beeping you hear from a smoke detector can be as simple as replacing the battery. But this is not the case in all alarms or situations.



Common issues and how to stop the chirping

Suppose you have already replaced the battery, and it didn’t stop the smoke detector from beeping. In that case, there may be numerous other issues. It’s essential to consider the following when diagnosing your alarm’s beeping, but you may also want to contact a professional. Keep in mind that these alarms are vital safety devices, and professional help may be well worth it.


Battery pull-tab left inside the alarm

The battery pull-tab is essential for preserving the life and quality of your battery. Still, it can cause issues when installing it in your alarm. Check that you have removed this pull-tab to ensure that the battery makes a viable connection and can stop smoke detector from beeping.


Open battery drawer

battery bay open on smoke alarm to replaceVarious components make up a smoke detector, and the battery drawer is part of that architecture. It’s easy for this small mechanism to get dislodged or not shut entirely. Ensuring that the drawer is fully closed and latched will prevent the battery from disconnecting and causing the alarm to beep.


Obstruction to the terminal

In general, you want to make sure the battery makes a proper connection to the terminals inside the alarm. If you have removed the pull-tab and checked the battery drawer, you can investigate the connection with the terminals to ensure there are no further obstructions. This should stop smoke detector from beeping.


Electrical breaker line for hardwired smoke alarms

Not all smoke detectors are powered by batteries. Some are hardwired into the home or building and can be impacted by the electrical panel. If your hardwired alarm is beeping, you will want to attempt a reset on it.


You can do this by looking for a breaker on the electrical panel labeled for your alarm. Next, switch the breaker to the off position, wait a couple of minutes, and turn it back on. Confirming the alarm is now working can be done by pushing and holding the test button of the smoke detector. The alarm is appropriately functioning if it makes a few quick sounds and then goes silent.


Disruptions to the light beam

Some smoke detectors or smoke detectors come equipped with a light sensor. The sensitivity of these sensors can be set off by various elements like pollen, dust, dirt, or ash. If the beam of light is interrupted by one of these particles, it can cause the alarm to beep. You can clean the sensor using a soft cloth, compressed air, duster, or a vacuum. Be careful to follow the instructions from your manufacturer’s manual.


Errors on a smart alarm

Smart technology has made its way to smoke detectors, and the devices are capable of adapting to their environment. But like other smart technology, these smoke detector can store a history of data. If that data shows errors, it can add up to the device registering a mistake that causes the unit to chirp. Resetting the system will clear the errors and restore the device to a functional state, which will stop smoke detector from beeping.


Changing temperatures

repairman replaces battery on smoke detectorSmoke detectors can be sensitive to the fluctuation of temperatures in a home or other building. Unusually high or low temperatures can cause an alarm to issue a beeping alert. Reasons for fluctuating temperatures can involve cooking in the kitchen, summer heat, a hot shower, or changing the thermostat. You can resolve these issues by moving alarms that are close to the kitchen or bathrooms or use other methods that reduce hot air from reaching the vents on your smoke detector.


Expired smoke detectors

It’s also possible that your smoke detector has reached the end of its lifespan. Eight to ten years is generally the expected range of life for most devices. You can check the manufacture date on the backside of the alarm, which should be a reliable timeframe for determining if the beeping is the result of an outdated alarm. Replacing the alarm as soon as possible is highly recommended.



Before you go, more smoke detector system safety information…


At WFX Fire, Lock, & Security, we are committed to ensuring you have the most reliable and trustworthy resources for your smoke detector systems. Our expert service can ensure that your home or building is always up to date and functioning correctly for your safety.


Our team can guarantee that your installation is conducted with the utmost professionalism. We can also provide maintenance to ensure your systems keep you safe in the long run.


You can schedule a consultation or call us today at 855-WFX-1978.

What are the different types of clean agent fire suppression systems?

What is a Clean Agent Fire Suppression System?

Traditional fire suppression systems use water sprinklers attached to ceilings or a carbon dioxide-based fire suppression system meant soley for unoccupied buildings. With many facilities now equipped with digital or electronic equipment, the risk of water damage is too high to rely on sprinkler systems. For buildings housing sensitive data storage servers and other computerized devices, the best alternative to water sprinkler or CO2 systems is a clean agent fire suppression system.

clean agent fire suppression line



FAQs About Different Types of Clean Agent Fire Suppression Systems


How Does a Clean Agent Fire Suppression System Work?

Composed of smoke detectors, notification devices and a control panel, a clean agent fire suppression system releases inert gases when smoke detectors signal the control panel that it has “sensed” a rise in air temperature. In addition to extinguishing fires quickly and efficiently, clean agent fire suppression systems do not use water so they cannot damage digital equipment, valuable artwork, data servers and another items vulnerable to destruction by water. Residents or employees of buildings protected by clean agent fire suppression systems are often given notification devices that alert them before clean agents are released.


What is the FM 200 Clean Agent Fire Suppression System?

The clean agent compound FM-200 contains hydrogen, fluorine and carbon. With the ability to reach an extinguishing level in a few seconds, FM-200 is considered to be the fastest clean agent system available. Benefits of the FM 200 fire suppression system include:

  • Eliminates the need to pay for expensive water clean-up after a fire
  • Provides fire protection for electronic equipment and industrial machinery that requires flammable liquids to operate
  • Is safe to use around humans as long as guidelines established by the U.S. EPA are followed
  • Extinguishes fires by rapidly absorbing fire-produced heat


What is the Novec 1230 Clean Agent Fire Suppression System?

Similar to FM 200 clean agent fire suppression systems, Novec 1230 also extinguishes fires quickly and efficiently and is safe to use in data processing centers, industrial facilities and occupied buildings. The primary difference between the Novec 1230 and the FM 200 is that the Novec 1230 clean agent is a viable alternative to extinguishing agents like hydrofluorocarbon that can’t be included in an HFC phaseout.

Benefits of the Novec 1230 clean agent fire suppression system include:

  • Halon systems may be adapted to use Novec 1230 clean agent fluid instead of halon
  • Zero ozone depleting potential
  • Is eliminated from the atmosphere within five days of dispersal
  • Has minimal storage space requirements
  • Submission for inclusion in CEN and ISO design standards is currently underway


What is an Inert Gas Clean Agent Fire Suppression System?

gas-based fire extinguishing systemInstead of removing heat, inert gas systems decrease oxygen levels in areas where fires have started. Inert nitrogen and argon gas molecules dissolve oxygen molecules to prevent fires from being stoked by oxygen. Additionally, individual inert gas clean agent fire suppression systems are developed specifically to reduce oxygen to a predetermined level for maximum fire stoppage.

Benefits of inert gas systems include:

  • Noncorrosive–safe to use around brass, steel, copper, stainless steel and plastic materials
  • Argon and nitrogen will never be designated as hazardous waste. Both gases are found in abundant levels in the Earth’s atmosphere
  • Equipped with an efficient, valve assembly mechanism that rapidly releases inert gases at a safe flow rate
  • Requires less expensive, low pressure piping that extends from nozzle to container
  • Requires smaller venting areas than other clean agent fire suppression systems


What Other Different Types of Clean Agent Fire Suppression Systems are Available?

While carbon dioxide fire suppression systems remain popular, they cannot be used in buildings where people live and work. Carbon dioxide suffocates fires by removing large amounts of oxygen from the room. For this reason, carbon dioxide fire suppression systems should only be implemented in unoccupied or minimally occupied buildings with plenty of easy-to-access exits.

Commercial kitchens cannot use FM200, Novec 1230 or inert gas clean agent fire suppression systems due to potential contamination of food. Instead, most food business kitchens rely on chemical foam suppression systems to put out fires. Chemical foam for this purpose contains potassium carbonate and other agents that can safely extinguish fires around food without fear of contaminating edible items.


What is Involved with Installing Different Types of Clean Agent Fire Suppression System?

During your free consultation with us, we will discuss things like:

  • Ensuring spaces protected by a clean agent fire suppression system are properly sealed to prevent gases from escaping
  • Possible need for doors not usually closed to be outfitted with special release/closure devices operated automatically by the control panel
  • Possible need to install low-voltage-controlled dampers to shut off exhaust or supply air flow when clean agents are discharged
  • Establishing appropriate locations for control panels that can be surface mounted or flush mounted
  • Establishing appropriate locations for clean agent containers



Which Clean Agent Fire Suppression System Should Protect My Business?

We can help you determine which fire suppression system is best suited to protect your business by performing a professional evaluation of your company’s building, materials contained in the building and areas of high fire risks. For over 40 years, WFX has earned a stellar reputation for providing superior, state-of-the-art protection against theft, security threats, property threats and fires. Please call WFX +1 (855) 939-1978 to schedule a free consultation appointment or use our convenient email submission form to tell us about your fire protection needs and concerns.