Fire alarms are fantastic devices, as long as they don’t have hiccups. Sometimes they go on a blink, set off even if there is no fire and disturb your good night sleep. Instead of removing the batteries to stop the alarm, why don’t you get to the root of the problem? Here’s how to troubleshoot fire alarms.
Reset the alarm: Reset the alarm of all your fire alarms at home. You can do this by pushing a little button until it begins to beep. After pressing, wait for a few minutes to see if it’s going to go off once again. If the device goes off again, troubleshoot the other components.
Check batteries: Sometimes when their batteries are getting weak fire alarms go off. If the alarm is still experiencing snags, try to replace the batteries. If you have a background on electronics and you have the tools, test the batteries.
You can test the fire alarm batteries using your tongue, too. If the battery is still capable of proving power to the alarm, you will experience a light, harmless shock. If there is no shock, I suggest you purchase 9-volt batteries.
Check location: Locate all your fire alarms and examine the quality of their installation. If the alarm in o the wrong location or its housing is not properly sealed, the alarm could go off. Secure the housing and make sure the alarms are mounted correctly.
Check connections: Open the fire alarm and check the connections. If the wires are loose, they could make the alarm go off unnecessarily. If the connections are now corroded, purchase a new unit.
Clean: Dust and debris can damage your alarms so clean them periodically. You may use a soft-bristled brush to remove dirt. Do this when you are changing the batteries or performing monthly testing.