Why would an electric smoke detector beep?
Smoke detectors can beep for several reasons not related to a fire. Old alarms, old batteries, loose wires and dirt are some of the common causes. If a cause can’t be found, the unit may be broken, in which case a replacement is needed.BatteryIf the smoke detector beeps at regular intervals, it probably means the battery is weak. Replacing the battery should fix this.Loose WiresSometimes poor installation can result in loose wires, which causes random beeping. After making sure the battery works, check to see if the wires and connections are properly touching the battery.DirtDirt, insects and cobwebs can clutter up the sensor used to detect fire. Cleaning the smoke detector unit with a vacuum cleaner may stop random beeping.Power SurgesSometimes power surges and other electrical conditions cause a smoke detector unit to beep at random intervals. This can be due to an electrical company increasing power outage to the house, or can be caused by other appliances turning on in the house.Re