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Replacing smoke detector alarm battery help

  1. Jan 1, 2015 #1
    I know I've done this before but for some reason I am stuck. I have a smoke alarm where the battery compartment is being blocked by the permanent power. I cant disconnect or a monitoring alarm will trip (i think?). There is a great deal of tension here and any more force I feel will break the connector. So how do I open the battery area here?

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  3. Jan 1, 2015 #2

    Doug Huffman

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    Can you see an indication of the brand and model number - to look on-line for instructions?
     
  4. Jan 1, 2015 #3
    Turns out I did have to disconnect. However, I replaced the battery and my wall mic is still beeping. hmm
     
  5. Jan 1, 2015 #4

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    Squeeze the sides (clips) of the plug and remove it from the back of the detector. Replace the battery. Reinstall the plug - it should just push in. Reinstall the smoke detector in the ceiling.
     
  6. Jan 1, 2015 #5

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    How many other smoke detectors on same circuit?
     
  7. Jan 1, 2015 #6
    If it continues to beep or chirp every 1 minute after replacing the batteries, then you may have a defective unit that needs to be replaced.
     
  8. Jan 1, 2015 #7
    At this time I'm going to try removing the two alarms from power, removing the battery and holding the test button for 15 seconds and killing the circuit breakers for the rooms
     
  9. Jan 1, 2015 #8

    Evo

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    What a bad design. Mine have a little slide open door on the outside, no need to open the detector.
     
  10. Jan 1, 2015 #9
    I killed every circuit breaker in my apt and the wall mic is still beeping
     
  11. Jan 1, 2015 #10

    Astronuc

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    They may need cleaning in addition to new batteries. We've had the same alarm go off because of dust or fiber accumulation. Using a vacuum cleaner to draw out the foreign material worked.
     
  12. Jan 1, 2015 #11

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    You've changed both batteries?
     
  13. Jan 1, 2015 #12
    In the detectors yes, but at the moment they are offline. I can't seem to be able to reset this mic.
     
  14. Jan 1, 2015 #13

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    Kitchen, BR. Bet there's another hiding in a closet, entryway, somewhere.
     
  15. Jan 1, 2015 #14
    The mic appears to be powered outside my unit and there is no reset switch
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  16. Jan 1, 2015 #15
    another what?
     
  17. Jan 1, 2015 #16

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    Smoke detector.
     
  18. Jan 1, 2015 #17
    nah, i'm in a small 1 bed apt and have been for 8 years :)
     
  19. Jan 1, 2015 #18

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    Water heater hiding in a closet off the bathroom?
     
  20. Jan 1, 2015 #19
    There was one breaker I didn't kill and that was for the washer and heater because there was a danger sticker and it needed some key to turn off.
     
  21. Jan 1, 2015 #20

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    This is the intermittent "beep/chirp" for low battery, not the "wake the dead/get out now" end of the world alarm noise? Check the area around the washer and heater for a hidden unit --- I've had a couple that the battery lasted for nearly a decade before the chirping started and took me literally forever to find.
     
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