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Old 2019-02-02, 07:58 PM
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Looking for suggestions. I have a 2 yr old Mattamy home with First Alert 7010BSL (or similar) inter-connected fire alarms. They went off briefly and now a couple are chirping. I went around all of them and changed the batteries. Unfortunately the chirping continues. I tried testing them and nothing seems to happen. So it now looks like I need to replace all or some of them, but because they are interconnected, I'm not sure if I need to a) find the exact kind and replace the chirping ones, or have someone in to replace them with something else. Has anyone else had to replace their Mattamy smoke detectors?
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Have you tried cleaning them out?
We clean out clients smokes using compressed air, especially after a renovation.
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Check the side of the smoke alarm and see if there is a date. This is the expiration date of the smoke alarm. It could be chirping because it's too old.
I had to replace mine a couple years back because one of them was chirping. I discovered the one that was chirping was expired and the others were close so I ended up replacing all of them.

Mine are Kidde and I simply bought the same brand. I also didn't feel like replacing the mounting bracket in the ceiling and took a chance that the new Kidde alarms used the same mounting bracket and they did. I also recall an adapter that came with the smoke alarm but I didn't need to use it because I was able to use the existing ones as well.
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Check the side of the smoke alarm and see if there is a date. This is the expiration date of the smoke alarm. It could be chirping because it's too old.
I had to take down the chirping ones so I could keep my sanity. We have others that are working. I looked at the date and the ones I'd taken down had indeed expired. Interestingly they had expired before I took possession of the home, so I'm in contact with the builder as I think they should be replacing them all. We'll see what happens.
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Im sure they will as they did with us I took a picture of the box so I knew the type if I needed to replace any in the future. As you can see on box it does say they have a warranty (limited?) of 10yrs, hopefully you get no hassles from them on replacement.
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Im sure they will as they did with us I took a picture of the box so I knew the type if I needed to replace any in the future.
That's the type I have. They don't make those anymore according to the US version of First Alert. I'm getting conflicting information as to what the date at the back of the unit is. Some say it's the manufacturer date and some say it's the expiration date. I'm contacting the company to see for sure.
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Do you have any one that is hearing impaired in the house? The smoke alarms with the strobe is so that they can see the smoke alarms going off. You may be able to replace yours with the just regular audible alarms instead assuming the builder won't replace them for you.


I looked at mine and the stickers says "Replace by 2029" on the smoke alarms and "Replace in 2027" on the carbon monoxide alarm.
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Thought I'd update the thread in case others ran into the same problem. The date on the First Alert detectors is the manufacturer's date, not the expiry date. I called First Alert and they walked me through the reset procedure. Essentially, you unplug the chirping units, remove the batteries, press the button to discharge any power, flip the breaker, install the batteries, plug them back in, flip the breaker back on. If they were just confused, this will reset them.

In my case this didn't work so they are sending me two new ones under warranty.

In speaking with them, they say that the units should be the only thing on the circuit. In my case all my basement lights are on that circuit. I'm checking with Mattamy to see if that is the norm on their installations.
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In speaking with them, they say that the units should be the only thing on the circuit. In my case all my basement lights are on that circuit. I'm checking with Mattamy to see if that is the norm on their installations.
So Mattamy got back to me and told me that by code they must be on a lighting circuit or a mix of lights and plugs. Smoke detectors can't be on their own.

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So Mattamy got back to me and told me that by code they must be on a lighting circuit or a mix of lights and plugs. Smoke detectors can't be on their own.

Learn something new every day.

This sort of makes sense. If they were on their own circuit and they weren't on, you probably would never notice that there was no power going to them. Where as if they are on a circuit with lights and you use the lights everyday, you would know that they had power going to them.

Is First Alert sending you the same ones with the strobe light?
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