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120 volt smoke alarms keep going off. Disconnected one then

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120 volt smoke alarms keep going off. Disconnected one then the other one went off. They came with the house built in 1987.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  cllishof replied 4 years ago.

cllishof : Two things if they are original from 1987 replacing them would make sense.
cllishof : Are they they wired type or non wired type? If you were dead set on not replacing them. You could try replacing the batteries. However I would strongly suggest replacing them. They are fairly easy to replace. I can walk you thru the process. I can guide you into which ones to purchase just need to know if they are wired or not. Lets me know!
cllishof : I thought they should be replaced every 5 years from date of manufacture. However it is every 10 years from manufacture date.
cllishof : Here is a reference point 10.4.7 Replacement of Smoke Alarms in One- and Two Family Dwellings. Unless otherwise recommended by the manufacturer's published instructions, single- and multiple-stations smoke alarms installed in one- and two-family dwellings shall be replaced when they fail to respond to operability tests, but shall not remain in service longer than 10 years from the date of manufacture.
cllishof : just something to think about.