Smoke Detectors and smoke alarms should be tested regularly to make sure they are still performing as they should. If your smoke detector is not working, it could be a health issue and not just a residential issue. A malfunctioning smoke detector is easy to identify because if it is not giving you the right signal for smoke, it will not go off.
When you first receive your alarm or smoke detector, it will have a date printed on it. The date tells you when it was manufactured and there are two numbers after the date that will tell you the device type. Also, the unit will have a serial number that identifies it.
If you see any numbers on your smoke detector that do not start with three, it will not work properly. These numbers include (5025), (4027), and (4026). If you have one of these detectors and it still does not work, it is probably a larger sensor that needs to be replaced.
This could also be a single-digit number and it means the battery has already been replaced on the smoke detectors. Check your manual to find out what your smoke detector’s battery life is. Also if your smoke detector is old, it may not be able to operate properly.
Other units with a serial number that has a C or D will also not work with the newer smoke detectors. These two codes also mean that there was a battery change on the smoke detectors and the device that was already installed will need to be replaced. It is important to check for this and change it before you begin using the newer alarms.
Newer smoke detectors will use two wires, one black, and one white. The black wire goes to the detector itself and the white wire goes to the smoke detector. If you don’t know which wire goes where just ask the seller which wire goes to which device.
You need to check the bottom of your smoke detector for the white lead. It will be attached to a crimp connector. This is where you solder wires together.
Try removing the wiring that comes with the detector and looks for the wires coming out of the connector. You will find the lead that is connected to the black and white wires. If it is damaged, replace it with a new one. When you are replacing the white wire, make sure the lead matches the wire that comes with the smoke detector.
Sometimes, you may find that the lead that is intended for the black wire has a different colour than the rest of the lead and you don’t see the white wire. This can happen if you had a previous smoke detector that is on a timer. This is a common problem that occurs with all detectors that are on timers.
Some smoke detectors are on batteries. If this is the case with your detector, you will want to make sure that the wires to your detector are not damaged. These units are often sold with special directions and you must follow them exactly.
Remember that smoke detectors and smoke alarms are dangerous. They must be kept in a safe place and not allowed to be exposed to the elements. Make sure you are properly storing your detector so it will work properly and the unit will last as long as it should.
Remember that if your smoke detector is not working, it could be a health issue and not just a residential issue. Check your manual to find out if the unit is old or if it needs to be replaced. If it is an older model, it may be a great option to replace it with the newer model.