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How do you disconnect a wired Nortron smoke alarm to replace it? It is over 12 yrs old and is chirping. There doesn't seem to be any battery back-up

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My alarm is beeping every 10 minutes or so. I do not have a battery so Ican't replace it. I have cleaned it. What now?

Posted on Jun 19, 2013

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SOURCE: it is a direct wired smoke alarm and it keeps

Replace the battery with thew exact model specified.

Posted on Aug 07, 2009

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SOURCE: smoke alarm keeps chirping

I am having problems seeing if you have any more data besides "smoke alarm keeps chirping." so I will ask; have you tried changing the battery?

Posted on Sep 06, 2009

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SOURCE: chirp every 30 second

Hi,

There are 2 things you can do:
1. Check and change batteries.
2. Clean them. Ensure they are completely clean.

If that does not work, you can ask the local fire dept. to look into it free.

Other than that you will have to take it in for servicing/repair.

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SOURCE: Our smoke alarm with battery

You didn't mention if you had replaced the battery, yet. If you haven't, then that's more than likely the problem. Also, it probably needs cleaning. You can accomplish this by using canned compressed air (like you clean your computer with). Use the straw nozzle to reach all the nooks and crannies. Clean after removing the old battery and before installing the new battery. Batteries should be changed annually and at the same time clean the unit. When using the canned compressed air, try to keep the can in the upright position, as much as possible.

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    • Check to see if there is a cooling/heating register, a ceiling fan or an open window within 3 feet of the alarm. If there is, move the alarm away from the source of the increased airflow. Click here to see the correct alarm placement in your user’s manual found in our Download Center.
    • Check the temperature of the room. Smoke alarms operate at 40 degrees to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Carbon monoxide alarms operate at 40 degrees to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

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