ElectricalCommon Smoke Detector Problems

When you are in your home, you should feel safe. That means more than just having good, sturdy locks on your doors and windows, though. Sometimes, danger can come from within your home. This is certainly true in the case of a fire breaking out. There is no way in which to overstate just how important it is that you have properly working smoke alarms installed throughout your home. If you have any reason at all to believe that your smoke alarms in Everett, WA are compromised, contact a member of our staff right away. Here are a few examples of common issues that homeowners encounter with their smoke detectors.


Your smoke alarm is not designed to make a pleasant sound, but rather to alert you to danger, even if that means jarring you out of a deep sleep. If your smoke alarm is beeping for no apparent reason, it can be quite disruptive. You may simply need to install a new battery into your smoke detector to resolve the problem. If the battery is fine, but the device is still beeping, it may indicate that the wired power to the smoke detector is unavailable. Check your circuit breaker for tripped switches. You may also have a smoke detector in need of replacement. Many modern smoke detectors are actually equipped with an “end of life alert,” which will sound when the device has been operational for its projected lifespan (often 120 months).

False Alarms

Even more disruptive than the occasional beeping from a smoke detector are false alarms. If your smoke detector is going off for no reason, it may be due to the fact that the device is dirty and must be cleaned. It may also be installed very near a bathroom, in which case steam from a hot shower could mimic the effects of smoke, setting the alarm off. Even certain chemicals, such as those used in bug sprays, may generate fumes capable of setting of a smoke alarm.

Whatever your concerns may be, count on the electricians at G & S Heating Cooling & Electric to resolve the problem.


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