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Fire detectors Ten-TEK IL930 are beeping without any

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Fire detectors Ten-TEK IL930 are beeping without any apparent reason. We are more in a winter storm with snow than fire or smoke. I do not know how they work. I have 2 detector wired together, both are beeping. IF you have advice, happy to receive it
JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?
Customer: Just today, I will say one hour with the first alarm then a low but continuous noise
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: At least to solve this initial noise, yes.and then I will contact my landlord to see what he wants to do
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: No I don't think so. A guide how to deal with this detector to change them or reset them will be welcome
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  Sam Irvin replied 5 months ago.

Hello, I can help you with this. Is this just an intermittent chirping or a constant noise? Some things you can try are to replace the batteries and blow the dust out. They could be old enough where they need to be replaced. It is recommended to replace each detector every ten years.

Expert:  Sam Irvin replied 5 months ago.

If you can't get the noise to stop you can just unplug them from the connector. You would have no smoke detection alarm though.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
They are not on battery, there are wired. I unplug them to stop the noise, but it is a very short term solution. I have an independent smoke detector to cover us.
Expert:  Sam Irvin replied 5 months ago.

Check power to them to make sure it is good. Then I would have them replaced since they are old. If they are interconnected then if one senses a sensor failure it could be sending the notification chirp out to all connected units.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
As they are old, what is your advice to replace them? Which product could be equivalent?
Expert:  Sam Irvin replied 5 months ago.

I would go with this unit or something similar. You want battery backup in case of a power outage. https://www.lowes.com/pd/First-Alert-AC-Hardwired-120-Volt-Smoke-Detector/3031837

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Please give me reference of something similar, and more importantly where to buy them?
Expert:  Sam Irvin replied 5 months ago.

Something similar would be any 120 volt hard wired, inter-connectable (which means it will have three wires -black, red, and white), ionization type, smoke detector with battery backup. Photoelectric type are recommended in kitchens and bathrooms where steam and cooking smoke could cause false alarm.

You can buy these at any home improvement or hardware store such as Lowe's, Home Depot, Ace hardware, True Value, Do-It Right Center, RP Lumber, etc. Or a number of online retailers that will come up with a Google search.

Expert:  Sam Irvin replied 5 months ago.

Here are a few links

https://www.lowes.com/pd/First-Alert-AC-Hardwired-120-Volt-Smoke-Detector/3031837

http://www.homedepot.com/p/FireX-Hardwired-120-Volt-Inter-Connectable-Smoke-Alarm-with-Battery-Backup-21007581/202029419

http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=1287597&cp=24808746.1259834

http://www.truevalue.com/product/Hardware/Home-Safety-Security/Smoke-Alarms/Firex-Professional-AC-Basic-Smoke-Alarm/pc/6/c/92/sc/951/1766.uts

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
ok, thank you. I will do that,
Expert:  Sam Irvin replied 5 months ago.

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