ECN Electrical Forum - Discussion Forums for Electricians, Inspectors and Related Professionals
ECN Shout Chat
Shout Box
Recent Posts
AreMetal Ladders Ever OK For Electrical Work?
by gfretwell. 01/22/18 01:15 AM
VDE 0100 to introduce AFCIs
by sparky. 01/20/18 05:09 PM
MRI LED lights dimmer control replacement - wow!
by Potseal. 01/19/18 08:52 PM
Video: Inventor of the GFCI self-testing shocks
by Bill Addiss. 01/17/18 11:11 PM
New in the Gallery:
Housebilding DIY wiring
SE cable question
Who's Online Now
0 registered members (), 8 guests, and 12 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate Thread
smoke detector woes #23973
04/01/03 04:51 PM
04/01/03 04:51 PM
R
rmiell  Offline OP
Member
Joined: Nov 2000
Posts: 242
La Junta, Co. USA
Anyone have any bad luck with a.c/d.c powered interconnected smokies? We currently have 3 new homes (all less then 2 years old) that are coming up with a common problem, none which we have verified personally.

Problem is that the detectors sound off (and because all are interconnected, all sound) for a couple of seconds, then will not sound for a while after that. No buttons being pressed at these times, and, of course, no smoke. This occures in about 1 hour intervals. All had new batteries when installed, and the latest ones are less than 3 months old.

Like I said, we have not done any troubleshooting on them at this time.

I am relative sure they are on AFCIs, but I do not know if they are seperate circuits, or fed off a bedroom circuit. Could this be causing the problem?

Has anyone had similiar problems? Any solutions?

TIA

Rick

Work Gear for Electricians and the Trades
Re: smoke detector woes #23974
04/01/03 05:13 PM
04/01/03 05:13 PM
Bill Addiss  Offline
Member
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 3,890
NY, USA
Rick,

If I had to guess I'd say that it is one that is setting the others off for some reason. If there is no obvious cause in sight, maybe one blinks when going off or otherwise indicates it is the problem (instructions may help here). If there are many you could disconnect half of them and go away for awhile to see if it stops then narrow it down from there. Or if only a few, it's probably easier/cheaper to replace them all.

Bill

Re: smoke detector woes #23975
04/01/03 05:21 PM
04/01/03 05:21 PM
E
Electricmanscott  Offline
Member
Joined: Jan 2002
Posts: 1,457
Holden, MA USA
What brand? There was one a couple years ago that had alot of trouble like you describe. I can't seem to remember right now.

Re: smoke detector woes #23976
04/01/03 06:37 PM
04/01/03 06:37 PM
R
rmiell  Offline OP
Member
Joined: Nov 2000
Posts: 242
La Junta, Co. USA
I will have to get back to you on this.

Rick


Featured:

2017 Master Electrician Exam Preparation Combos
2017 NEC Electrician
Exam Prep Combos:
Master / Journeyman

 

Member Spotlight
dougwells
dougwells
kamloops BC Canada
Posts: 1,142
Joined: May 2003
Show All Member Profiles 
Top Posters(30 Days)
Admin 21
sparky 16
Potseal 15
Popular Topics(Views)
243,592 Are you busy
180,388 Re: Forum
170,861 Need opinion
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.1
(Release build 20180101)
Page Time: 0.022s Queries: 14 (0.006s) Memory: 0.9579 MB (Peak: 1.0882 MB) Zlib enabled. Server Time: 2018-01-22 12:25:07 UTC