I bought three new smoke detectors at Lowes and installed them. One was
battery/AC, two were battery. Just after the warranty expired, all three failed.
They beeped like the battery was bad. Replacing the batteries with brand new
ones on all three did not resolve the problem. They all continued to chirp at
the most inopportune time (the middle of the night). As far as I can tell, these
Kidde units are pure garbage. Is there a better unit available that's affordable
for residential use?
I purchased a brand called Iophic by Universal Security. Garbage
detector IMHO. It was supposed to tell the difference between cooking
heat/fumes and a real smoke/fire hazard. We had more false alarms with
I understand that Kidde are not liked by a few but we have 4 Kidde
branded smoke detectors and 3 Kidde branded gas/co2 detectors in our
home right now in use and never a problem. The one smoke detector
closest to the kitchen has a remote controller silencer for false alarms
that we like. It buys you 7 minutes of silence if you hit the false
alarm button from up to 50 feet away.
One question for you: are these smoke detectors that pick up carbon
monoxide as well? Are you positive the alarms are not trying to tell
you something??? You better be positive for your family's safety that
all THREE are failing.
At the same time? I find that odd. How old were they?
Do you have a monitored security system? If so, the very best fire
protection should come from them. They will install quality
detectors that will also be monitored, a huge advantage to saving
property (and lives).
I don't deal with cheapie stand-alone smoke alarms. But I can tell
you a professional photoelectric-type detector costs me $40 at
Don't go cheap whatever you do! If you don't have an alarm system,
get a set of detectors that are 'interlinked' (one goes off, they
all do). Also, get photoelectric-type sensors rather than
ionization-type. Photoelectric's will detect the smoldering fires
faster than the ionization, and you'll have fewer 'false alarms' due
to occasional burnt meat-loaf kitchen smoke.
If you go wireless, a heat detector in the kitchen is a nice add-on
(Never a smoke detector in a kitchen!).
Bring it up to current code while you're thinking of this. One on
the inside of each bedroom. One covering the outside of all
sleeping areas on each floor, 15' radius range.
I remixed a remix, it was back to normal. -Mitch Hedberg
I wish I could, but I can't; I would just be guessing without
All I can recommend is make sure they are inter-connected and
photo-electric type. You may want to check out professional
security parts-sales sites and see if they carry non-connected to
alarm system brand names. System Sensor, Honeywell, GE Security are
some professional brands.
These guys have the inter-connected ones, but I have no hands-on
experience with BRK.
You know when they have a fishing show on TV? They catch the
fish and then let it go. They don't want to eat the fish, they
*I spoke with Kidde a year or so ago about that problem. Remove the
batteries and disconnect the smoke alarm from the 120 volt power. Press and
hold the test buttons for at least a full minute. Reinsert the batteries
and wire the 120 volts back. If that doesn't correct the problem, replace.
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