Beeping smoke detector will not shut UP
July 24, 2010 8:55 PM Subscribe
Any ideas about how to fix a chirping smoke detector before I burn my goddamned house down myself just to SHUT IT UP??
posted by Kat Allison to home & garden (26 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
About an hour ago the smoke detector in my house started emitting intermittent ear-splitting beeps at roughly 30-60 second intervals. This detector is wired into the home's electrical system.
I've tried blowing vigorously into it to dislodge any dust, and then reconnecting and pushing reset button. I also have tried to open up the detector part itself to see if there's a backup battery that needs replacing, but it feels like I'm going to have to break it to get it open.
Nothing helps, and in fact something in the ceiling is still beeping even though I've disconnected the smoke detector and all its attached wiring, and also shut off the circuit breaker to that part of the house.
I have not been cooking anything all day, nor doing anything else that would produce smoke or dust.
FWIW, the detector is a Kidde model 1235. I found the manual on line, but it doesn't have anything particularly useful to say.