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I tried four new smoke alarms in my condo and changed the batteries and they still chirp. Should I changed the wiring or adapter to see if that works.

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    Carl Rock Nov 26, 2020

    Please post the alarm make and model?

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A short "chirp" typically means there is a power issue or the unit is End Of Life. So likely it's a power issue.

Please post the make and model.

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Maybe you could get the fire dept to come by and test for high co levels. sounds to me like you need to

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  1. The battery may be loose, or improperly installed.
    Verify that a battery of the recommended type is securely installed. Make sure to use a battery with a use-by date no later than four to five years in the future. Check that the battery is snapped in completely so it cannot be shaken loose. It’s possible that battery connections may not be making good contact with the battery. Disconnecting and re-connecting the battery once or twice will likely fix this condition. On units with a front-load battery, be sure that the battery compartment door is closed completely as well. Loose white neutral wire can cause an echoing chirp. (From one unit to the next)

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    Cleaning smoke alarms:
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  4. Reset the alarm.
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Use a quality battery duracell or energizer. Not ones from the dollar store.

Chirping means low battery.

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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?

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