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25 November 2016 @ 11:03 pm
Things I've learned this week about smoke and CO detectors  
Here are just a few things I've learned about smoke detectors this week:

Co detectors age out.  Two of ours did so within days of eachother.   The brand I have, despite having a voice, uses 5 beeps to tell you that.  In the middle of the night, you just assume it's low battery and then get confused when it doesn't stop beeping with fresh batteries.  (then you find the breaker, pull it's batteries, reset it and then look up on the Internet what it's trying to say, rather than reading the key on the back of the unit, but it's 5:30am and you aren't thinking so straight.)

Wired detetors will only talk to those of the same brand.   This makes swapping out one of our 11 detectors for something nicer, like a nest, impossible.

Very grateful they still sell our detector.  Hoping it comes soon, since the third is likely to age out soon. 
Jeredjered on November 26th, 2016 04:45 am (UTC)
Yup. They have a 7-10 year lifespan, and it's super-annoying. I have hard-wired ones, and they let me know they need replacement by setting off the entire house fire alarm, and I have to pay the alarm company to replace them. Soooo frustrating.
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on November 26th, 2016 04:52 am (UTC)
ours only lasted 5 years, but at least we can replace them ourselves at $55 a pop.
kelkyag: birch eyeskelkyag on November 26th, 2016 07:58 am (UTC)
Ugh, yes. One of mine did that fairly recently -- no voice, just beeps, but it did at least have a key code for beep patterns on the unit, instead of leaving me to look it up online. Many sympathies on the unnecessary late-night wakeup.
eub on November 27th, 2016 09:31 am (UTC)
Yeah, I wish they could have the common sense to do their "I am slain, I swoon" act half a day earlier, in daytime.

(I like your userpic.)
katybeth on November 28th, 2016 05:57 am (UTC)
Our CO detector did die in the daytime, with the same cryptic beeps. Not long after I turned on the furnace for the first time this season. So I was late picking up the kids from school because I was huddled outside with the cat, frantically searching online manuals to make sure it was really a dead detector rather than a dangerous house.