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#63495 - 03/18/06 08:33 PM nuissance fire alarm sounding  
sandro2  Offline
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I got a call about a fire alarm system constantly sounding. There is nothing that indicates an actual alarm unless they are resetting it. The apt. building is unoccupied.
The system was installed 10yrs ago.
It is a Firelite 4 zone panel.
What could be some causes?

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#63496 - 03/18/06 09:45 PM Re: nuissance fire alarm sounding  
luckyshadow  Offline
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Posts: 308
Maryland USA
I once had water flow alarms that turned out to air bubbles in the system.
dust in a smoke will cause false alarms.
You will need to know if the panel is being reset thus cleared of what zone the trouble is on. Chasing a ghost in a F/A can be "fun"
Is it an addressable system ? If so the panel will tell you what device set it off.
Keep us posted on this

#63497 - 03/19/06 04:38 PM Re: nuissance fire alarm sounding  
hypress  Offline
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Posts: 129
Charleston WV
Look for roaches in the smoke detectors. If the building is unoccupied there could be some unwanted guests. I have worked in some lowcost houseing projects and found roaches in detectors. A good indication is that it is always the same zone or zones.

#63498 - 03/19/06 10:10 PM Re: nuissance fire alarm sounding  
mxslick  Offline
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Atomic City, ID USA
Watch out for rodents chewing on wires or doing thier business on devices, that'll do it too...

Stupid should be painful.

#63499 - 03/19/06 11:06 PM Re: nuissance fire alarm sounding  
sandro2  Offline
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I guess that is why the owner asked me if rodents could be the cause.

#63500 - 03/20/06 12:32 PM Re: nuissance fire alarm sounding  
CTwireman  Offline
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Posts: 840
Connecticut, USA
Another problem could be a roof leak causing a device to short, or excessive humidity could be causing a smoke detector to trip. I've seen both cause a nuisance alarm.



#63501 - 03/20/06 10:45 PM Re: nuissance fire alarm sounding  
JoeTestingEngr  Offline
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Posts: 791
Chicago, Il.
I've had several locations where construction dust or moisture have caused photoelectrics to go into alarm. These should latch the zone though. Many times I'm told that the fire alarm is going off when it is really the trouble audible, which doesn't need acknowleged to clear in many systems.

#63502 - 03/21/06 03:33 AM Re: nuissance fire alarm sounding  
e57  Offline
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Assuming this is a non-addressable system?

Unnoccupied building? Wafting dust bunnies? What kind of general condition is it in? Intermitant power and dead back-up batteries?

A good place to start would be tech support....

Otherwise, I think DUST.

Mark Heller
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#63503 - 03/21/06 01:21 PM Re: nuissance fire alarm sounding  
CTwireman  Offline
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Connecticut, USA
Most manufacturers recommend that smoke detectors be replaced every 10 years.


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