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I am housesitting friend and the hard wired smoke alarm is

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I am housesitting for a friend and the hard wired smoke alarm is chirping. I don't know where the switch box is located. Please advise. Thanks Diane
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  Jason replied 10 months ago.

Hi Diane. Welcome to Just Answer.

Expert:  Jason replied 10 months ago.

If the smoke detector is like the units here in the USA, it should have a battery in it for backup power.

Expert:  Jason replied 10 months ago.

Have you tried opening the unit to look for a battery?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I have removed it but t still chirps!
Expert:  Jason replied 10 months ago.

OK. One moment please.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I don't want a call thanks.
Expert:  Jason replied 10 months ago.

No problem. A call to Australia would be pretty expensive anyway.

Expert:  Jason replied 10 months ago.

I apologize for the delay. I was wrapping up with another customer.

Expert:  Jason replied 10 months ago.

Since you don't know where the circuit breaker is, and it would be unsafe to disable all units anyway, your best bet is to temporarily take the chirping unit down. Are there other detectors in the property?

Expert:  Jason replied 10 months ago.

Are you able to post a photo of the chirping unit here?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
have taken a photo but not sure how to insert. Can we use FaceTime?
Expert:  Jason replied 10 months ago.

I don't have an Apple phone, unfortunately. But we could try Skype. I've never used Skype before though. If you want to try uploading the photo here, there should be a paper clip icon on your toolbar near the text box where you type your messages to me. Or, you can post the photo to a photo hosting site and post a link here for me to view it. Some customers have used Dropbox with pretty good success.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Are you still there?
Expert:  Jason replied 10 months ago.

I'm here.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I have sent a photo via email. Are you able to help please as this chirping is really annoying and it is nearly 10pm here. Thanks.
Expert:  Jason replied 10 months ago.

The site may take some time to get the photo to me. I'll look it over and reply as soon as I get it.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I will have to call a real local electrician as this is taking way too long. Am I able to have my money refunded please?
Expert:  Jason replied 10 months ago.

I understand. This particular issue is a bit difficult to address through this medium. I'll put in for a refund for you right now. Sorry it didn't work out.

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