What is Causing my smoke alarm to sound, beep, or chirp from kidde

What is Causing my smoke alarm to sound, beep, or chirp from kidde

Sometimes your smoke alarm may sound, chirp, or beep. This can give you a headache. The good news is that Kidde has tips on what may be causing your alarm to go off. There may be several reasons on why your alarm may be going off. Learning why can be beneficial in knowing that your alarm is working efficiently and correctly. Below are some reasons on why your smoke alarm may be going off from kidde.

False Alarm:

If a false alarm is activated, one of the following may be the reason:

  • The battery may be loose or installed improperly

  • The sensing chamber may be dirty

  • Humidity, steam, or other environmental factors

  • An electrical condition may be causing power to the unit to be interrupted

  • The alarm may have reached the end of its life

First, make sure it's not a real alarm. Then, learn how to silence a nuisance or false alarm.

 Consistent Chirping:

If a smoke alarm is chirping consistently, one of the following may be the reason:

  • The battery may need to be replaced. An alarm will chirp every 30 to 60 seconds for a minimum of seven days

  • The alarm may be malfunctioning. An alarm will chirp between flashes of the red LED light

  • The Hush feature may be activated. An alarm will chirp every 30 to 40 seconds for approximately seven minutes while the Hush feature is activated

  • The smoke alarm may have reached the end of its life (sealed battery models only). An alarm will chirp every 30 seconds to indicate it's time to replace the alarm

  • There may be interference from a similar system nearby (wireless alarms only)

For ways to troubleshoot the problem, see What Causes Consistent Chirping.

Intermittent Chirping (Without a Regular Pattern):

If a smoke alarm is chirping intermittently, one of the following may be the reason: 

  • The battery may be loose or installed improperly

  • The smoke alarm sensing chamber may be dirty

  • Humidity, steam, or other environmental factors

  • An electrical condition may be causing power to the unit to be interrupted

  • The alarm may have reached the end of its life

For ways to troubleshoot the problem, see What Causes Intermittent Beeping or Chirping.

Good news, if you have any other questions regarding trouble shooting Kidde will be happy to help. Their contact information is below.

Contact Kidde Product Support: 1-800-880-6788
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Except Holidays)

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