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Old 04-17-2016, 02:08 PM   #1
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LP Detector chirping, no battery in TT

I went to the RV compound today to pick up the empty LP bottle and had a look in the trailer to see how it survived the winter. I removed the 12VDC battery last fall. When I went into the trailer (By the way, no mice damage), the LP Detector was chirping. Where is it getting the power?

On another tangent, when the battery is low, it also chirps, is there a way of disarming the unit (let's say it is the middle of the night) without taking it out of the wall and disconnecting one of the wires?
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Old 04-17-2016, 02:09 PM   #2
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must be your smoke detector that is chirping....
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I went to the RV compound today to pick up the empty LP bottle and had a look in the trailer to see how it survived the winter. I removed the 12VDC battery last fall. When I went into the trailer (By the way, no mice damage), the LP Detector was chirping. Where is it getting the power?

On another tangent, when the battery is low, it also chirps, is there a way of disarming the unit (let's say it is the middle of the night) without taking it out of the wall and disconnecting one of the wires?
X's 2 with the smoke alarm, I installed a spst switch next to the CO/LP detector, just break the red wire, but remember to turn it back on when you use the trailer... also did the same to my Radio being the thing always drew power even off.
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Old 04-17-2016, 03:24 PM   #4
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DOH. lol. Thanks Fonzie and GL. Of course that is what it is. I should of yanked the battery out of the smoke detector last fall. Will put it on my checklist.
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Old 04-18-2016, 01:24 PM   #5
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If what you are speaking of is on the order of a smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector, there may be a 9 volt battery backup inside the detector. When the backup battery gets low, it starts chirping. These batteries have to be replaced annually. If there is a small battery and you do replace it, it may continue to chirp for about 5 minutes and then silence. This backup battery is a safety, should you not have a major power source, but have a problem the device was supposed to detect.
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reminds me of last fall... my CO detector was chirping, so I disconnected the 12V battery... but it was still going off (like once every 5 minutes or so), so I pulled it from the wall to check out the unit... when it chirped again while it was in my hand... I looked around and saw the smoke detector... duh... I hope now I know which is which
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My smoke alarm kept croaking so I picked it up and it was a frog. Ouch
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reminds me of last fall... my CO detector was chirping, so I disconnected the 12V battery... but it was still going off (like once every 5 minutes or so), so I pulled it from the wall to check out the unit... when it chirped again while it was in my hand... I looked around and saw the smoke detector... duh... I hope now I know which is which
That is so true. On our return home after 6 months, the first thing we do is turn on the water and electricity. Then change all of the batteries in the detectors. We have six (one CO and 5 smoke) and it sounds like detectors calling to each other.

The chirp on these things is very difficult to pinpoint. One time, the chirp was very elusive. Got on a ladder and listened to them one by one-nothing. But the chirp continued. Determined it was in the basement.
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Old 04-18-2016, 04:10 PM   #9
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I've heard the LP chirp when on the TT 12VDC battery gets low. And this chirping was the same, so I just assumed LOL. Dollars to donuts, it is the smoke Alram which is in the general vicinity of the LP detector. I liked the suggestion on how to use a switch to silence the LP Detector when the 12VDC is low (When boondocking)
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