Smoke Detector is too Sensitive: Three Ways to Fix it

BY KRISTA BRUTON

August 20,2020

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You know you’re no Chef Ramsay when you use the smoke alarm instead of a kitchen timer. But you might be swearing like Chef Ramsay if you’re having trouble getting your smoke alarm not to go off every time you fry an egg. Although, if you’re just trying to figure out how to stop your smoke detector from chirping you might want to replace the battery. 

Everyone gets stuck with a temperamental smoke detector at some point. But hang on a second before you pull it off the ceiling, remove the battery, and bury it in the backyard. There is a way to deal with this common problem without risking a fire by going without a smoke detector. 

How to Deal with a Temperamental Smoke Detector 

Press the Mute Button 

Most smoke detectors have a button that will give you 8 to 15 minutes before it will start going off again. If you hate the sound of the smoke detector, you should probably locate the button before it goes off so that you have some control over the situation next time. 

Consider Replacing Your Smoke Alarms 

Older smoke alarms that have accumulated a lot of dust and dirt in and around the sensor will usually become less sensitive. But sometimes the reverse is true and they become overly sensitive. While this is rare, it may signal it’s time for new smoke alarms.  Also, you might consider a photoelectric smoke detector. These smoke alarms detect smoke in a different way and can reduce the amount of annoying false alarms. 

Check if It’s an Ionization Type Alarm 

If you’re using an ionization type smoke alarm, it might be more sensitive than you need it to be. You can try to clean it by blowing air through the sensor vent. You may have to look up the model number in order to do this correctly. 

Move the Smoke Detector 

If your smoke detection device it too sensitive, try moving it five feet away from the kitchen or bathroom. Before you make a new nail hole in your wall, however, first tape it up with duct tape. See how it performs. Move it again if it’s still hyperactive. When you’re happy with its performance, go ahead and hang it permanently. But keep in mind, if it ends up on a tree down the road before it stops going off every time you cook - the smoke alarm might not be the problem. If your smoke detectors are smart devices hooked into your home security system, contact your security provider before you move a smoke alarm in this manner.  

Remember, fire alarms save lives. So before you pull that battery out, consider some of these  alternatives

Possible Causes for a “Temperamental” Smoke Alarm 

As you know, a smoke alarm is there to save your life, your family, and possibly your home in the event of a fire.  

  • Humidity – Too much humidity can cause your smoke alarm to go off. This can also present a mold hazard over time. So give your smoke detector some credit and deal with the humidity problem before a dangerous mold bloom develops in your home. 

  • Fireplace smoke/soot – Your fireplace may need to be cleaned or repaired if it is causing your detector problem. 

  • Other pollutants – An excess of dust or other air pollutants may be present in your home. You should address any such problem to prevent illness or injury. 

How to Stop Your Smoke Detector from Beeping 

Another reason your smoke detector could be sounding off is because it needs some adjusting. Adjusting its sensitivity to smoke will reduce those pesky false alarms. However, you don’t want to over-adjust your detector, so it stops responding to potential danger in your home. We would suggest seeking assistance from a professional when adjusting your detector. If you feel comfortable adjusting your sensor on your own, you will need to remove the data card from your smoke detector. Once you have the data card out of the device, you can use a screwdriver to make adjustments to the card. Adjustments depend on what your smoke detector’s manual suggests. 

Find the Right Smoke Detector at Brinks Home Security™  

The best way to protect your home from dangerous flames is with a smoke detector—the right smoke detector. A detector that won’t send false alarms each time you turn on the stove and start cooking. Keep your search for the right smoke detector short with Brinks Home. Our life safety technology includes smoke detectors that have a rapid response time when every moment matters.  What sets our smoke detectors apart from the rest is ours are professionally monitored 24 hours a day. 

Interested in protecting your home with monitored home security? Click to get a  free quote from Brinks Home Security

Krista Bruton is a DFW-based writer who covers smart home security and consumer protection.

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Smoke Detector is too Sensitive: Three Ways to Fix it

BY KRISTA BRUTON

August 20,2020

You know you’re no Chef Ramsay when you use the smoke alarm instead of a kitchen timer. But you might be swearing like Chef Ramsay if you’re having trouble getting your smoke alarm not to go off every time you fry an egg. Although, if you’re just trying to figure out how to stop your smoke detector from chirping you might want to replace the battery. 

Everyone gets stuck with a temperamental smoke detector at some point. But hang on a second before you pull it off the ceiling, remove the battery, and bury it in the backyard. There is a way to deal with this common problem without risking a fire by going without a smoke detector. 

How to Deal with a Temperamental Smoke Detector 

Press the Mute Button 

Most smoke detectors have a button that will give you 8 to 15 minutes before it will start going off again. If you hate the sound of the smoke detector, you should probably locate the button before it goes off so that you have some control over the situation next time. 

Consider Replacing Your Smoke Alarms 

Older smoke alarms that have accumulated a lot of dust and dirt in and around the sensor will usually become less sensitive. But sometimes the reverse is true and they become overly sensitive. While this is rare, it may signal it’s time for new smoke alarms.  Also, you might consider a photoelectric smoke detector. These smoke alarms detect smoke in a different way and can reduce the amount of annoying false alarms. 

Check if It’s an Ionization Type Alarm 

If you’re using an ionization type smoke alarm, it might be more sensitive than you need it to be. You can try to clean it by blowing air through the sensor vent. You may have to look up the model number in order to do this correctly. 

Move the Smoke Detector 

If your smoke detection device it too sensitive, try moving it five feet away from the kitchen or bathroom. Before you make a new nail hole in your wall, however, first tape it up with duct tape. See how it performs. Move it again if it’s still hyperactive. When you’re happy with its performance, go ahead and hang it permanently. But keep in mind, if it ends up on a tree down the road before it stops going off every time you cook - the smoke alarm might not be the problem. If your smoke detectors are smart devices hooked into your home security system, contact your security provider before you move a smoke alarm in this manner.  

Remember, fire alarms save lives. So before you pull that battery out, consider some of these  alternatives

Possible Causes for a “Temperamental” Smoke Alarm 

As you know, a smoke alarm is there to save your life, your family, and possibly your home in the event of a fire.  

  • Humidity – Too much humidity can cause your smoke alarm to go off. This can also present a mold hazard over time. So give your smoke detector some credit and deal with the humidity problem before a dangerous mold bloom develops in your home. 

  • Fireplace smoke/soot – Your fireplace may need to be cleaned or repaired if it is causing your detector problem. 

  • Other pollutants – An excess of dust or other air pollutants may be present in your home. You should address any such problem to prevent illness or injury. 

How to Stop Your Smoke Detector from Beeping 

Another reason your smoke detector could be sounding off is because it needs some adjusting. Adjusting its sensitivity to smoke will reduce those pesky false alarms. However, you don’t want to over-adjust your detector, so it stops responding to potential danger in your home. We would suggest seeking assistance from a professional when adjusting your detector. If you feel comfortable adjusting your sensor on your own, you will need to remove the data card from your smoke detector. Once you have the data card out of the device, you can use a screwdriver to make adjustments to the card. Adjustments depend on what your smoke detector’s manual suggests. 

Find the Right Smoke Detector at Brinks Home Security™  

The best way to protect your home from dangerous flames is with a smoke detector—the right smoke detector. A detector that won’t send false alarms each time you turn on the stove and start cooking. Keep your search for the right smoke detector short with Brinks Home. Our life safety technology includes smoke detectors that have a rapid response time when every moment matters.  What sets our smoke detectors apart from the rest is ours are professionally monitored 24 hours a day. 

Interested in protecting your home with monitored home security? Click to get a  free quote from Brinks Home Security

Krista Bruton is a DFW-based writer who covers smart home security and consumer protection.

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