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Old 05-20-2013, 11:46 AM   #1
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Smoke Detector

Anybody ever have trouble with their smoke detector? Wife just called me a bit ago and said it was going off and she couldn't shut it off. It was the steady fire alarm, not the battery low chirp. No smoke, no heat, no nothing in the MH. She pulled the battery, and she said it still kept going off. Odd. Tried to silence, nothing. I'm offshore so I can't run out there and check. Not knowing if it was wired into the MH, she killed 120V and 12V power, and just so happened it quit. After walking her through pulling it off the ceiling to make sure it wasn't hardwired in addition to the battery, she verified it wasn't. I think it was just coincidence it quit when she killed power. Either way, it's a BRK Brand Inc. / Model FG250A. I looked them up on the web and they don't even show that model. Just a FG250B and FG250AB. Both look identical to the unit we have. Not sure of any differences. I plan on calling April Conner to see about getting another one shipped, but if I have a faulty one, now is the chance to upgrade to a better one. Manufacture date was June 2012, so it's not old.

Any thoughts?

I'm lucky I got an awesome wife that is a jack of all trades. She does everything for me as I'm gone 6 months a year, including all vehicle and equipment maintenance. We don't pay anybody to do anything if possible.
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:04 PM   #2
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OK, I got one answer as to why the alarm still goes off with the battery removed. According to one of our electronic's guys out here, the capacitor in the detector stores energy, therefore even after the battery is removed, it is possible for it to continue for a while till it's pretty much out of gas. Makes some sense.

Still curious if others have had one go bad.
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Old 05-20-2013, 03:26 PM   #3
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Mine goes off whenever I make toast. Nothing to do with burning it either. It is mounted too close to the "kitchen" counter. One of these days I am going to move it. For now, when I get the toaster out, I remove the battery. Toaster put away, battery back in.
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Old 05-20-2013, 04:04 PM   #4
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RvBill3's right on. We have the same unit and the same experience. They should have a 'cooking' switch allowing one to silence it for 5 mins without disassembling things. Otherwise, its right where you'd want it to detect any non-toaster smoke.
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:01 PM   #5
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Well, nobody was in it. It was unoccupied in the shed as always when I'm offshore. Been sitting in there over a week. Wife just so happened to go out there to check the fridge temp (another thread) and heard it going off. When camping, even cooking inside or using the toaster set up on the counter extension closest to the hall has not set it off. I guess today was just the day it decided to go crazy. April is sending a new one to us, but I'm still wondering what's up with the one we have. Watch the new one go off when I cook now.
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:52 PM   #6
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Smoke detectors are like any other mechanical/electrical item, they can act up for no reason at all no matter the age. Typically there will be a spiders nest in the sensor which you can blow out with low pressure compressed air. Change battery to be sure it is not that also. If all else fails the safest thing to do is replace with a UL listed new detector. My detector goes off when making toast also, no other food items, just toast.
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Old 05-20-2013, 06:06 PM   #7
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After removing the battery to cook several times, I made a "cap" for mine - covered with red tape, so I won't leave it on after cooking. Posted (post #15) in another thread: Overly sensitive smoke detector
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Old 05-20-2013, 06:07 PM   #8
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Not knocking any advice at all, it is appreciated, but all mentioned is known. Remember, she's already pulled the sensor, got make and model, retrieved manual off web and researched the nuts and bolts of it. So, it was determined real quick that it was a smoke only sensor. Already changed battery and still acts up. My wife did that before I mentioned it. As mentioned in previous post, already got a new one coming. This is only the second sensor in 10 years I've had go bad, so just thought I'd post this to see if there was a trend, or anybody else had the same thing happen.
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