Your alarm manufacturer may have included a blinking red light to let you know it's time to test the alarm again. The Batteries are Low: Usually accompanied by a loud beep, a blinking red light could mean the batteries in the unit are low. Consider adding fresh batteries and running a test to make sure it's working.
If you want to manually reset the smoke detector so that the red blinking light will stop, you can press the test/silence button for a few seconds. If your device includes a keypad press “*72” or if your smoke detector is hardwired, look for a reset button to push and hold for 20 seconds.
The green LED (when illuminated) indicates the presence of AC power. The red LED has four modes of operation: Standby Condition: The red LED will flash every 30-40 seconds to indicate that the smoke alarm is operating properly.
The flashing red light gives a visual indication that the smoke alarm is functioning properly. It also indicates a working battery is connected to the smoke alarm.
Some alarms have a red or green light that blinks every few minutes, while other models blink rapidly or shine a solid light. The light isn't a cause for concern unless the alarm is also beeping or chirping. The light may change color after latch mode.
Test smoke alarms every month by pressing their test buttons. If your alarms use regular batteries, swap in fresh batteries at least once a year. A “chirping” sound means that it's time to change batteries. Because alarm sensors wear out, replace each alarm at least every 10 years.
As the battery in a smoke alarm gets weak, the smoke alarm will “chirp” about once a minute to let you know that the battery needs to be replaced. Note: Only the device with a low battery will chirp. The other interconnected alarms should be silent.
The most likely reason smoke detectors go off unexpectedly is that people aren't changing the batteries in them often enough. In most sensors you might think of, the strength of the signal goes up when they detect what they're supposed to.
If your detector or alarm has a blinking or steady light with no audible alarm sound, this typically indicates that the unit is receiving power.
This battery characteristic can cause a smoke alarm to enter the low battery chirp mode when air temperatures drop. Most homes are the coolest between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. That's why the alarm may sound a low-battery chirp in the middle of the night, and then stop when the home warms up a few degrees.
Flashing Red is Good on Many Models
However, on most smoke detectors, it is a good sign. Red flashing on some smoke alarms signals that all is well and it is working. Take a look around your home at the smoke detectors.
Low battery: This alarm is equipped with a low battery monitor circuit which will cause the alarm to produce a single “chirp” approximately every 60 seconds and blink the Red LED every 30 seconds, for a minimum of seven (7) days should the battery become low.
Hard wired smoke alarms typically have LED lights which help with the diagnostics. For models with green and red lights: green means it is working properly, red means it is not.
If you have changed the batteries and tried the circuit breaker, but the beeping persists, you may need to try resetting the detector(s): Use the reset button: most smoke detectors have a red reset button. Hold the reset button down for approximately 15-20 seconds.
Hardwired units will have a steady green LED light to show that it's receiving AC power. Battery-operated units will have a quick flash every 30-45 seconds.
The Signs Which Indicate Your Smoke Detector May Be Failing (or Has Failed!) The smoke detector is intermittently going off for no reason. Random chirping, even after replacing the battery. The test button fails to operate the siren on the smoke detector.
Some detectors are two-in-one and detect both smoke and carbon monoxide, but it's hard to tell if it doesn't have any labeling on the front, so checking the manufacturing details on the back is your best bet. Dual-purpose detectors often have separate indicator lights for carbon monoxide and smoke detection.
Power interruptions are common in areas where utility companies switch grids in the early hours of the morning. In AC or AC/DC smoke alarms, a loose hot wire connection can intermittently disconnect power to the smoke alarm. The effect is the same as a power failure. When power is restored, the units may alarm briefly.
Common causes of false alarms include:
fumes (vehicles, petrol-driven gardening equipment). By far the most common single cause is cooking equipment, with 'burnt toast' the most common culprit. The majority of all cooking-related false alarms are preventable. use cooking appliances in inappropriate locations.
Will taking the battery out of a smoke alarm make it stop beeping? Taking the battery out of a smoke alarm will not make it stop beeping. Even after the battery has died, the detector maintains a residual charge that will keep the chirp going for at least seven days.
The smoke detector is old and needs to be replaced.
Smoke detectors have an expiry date. Some may last 5-10 years depending on the manufacturer. This date is printed at the back of the smoke detector. So you may want to check it before anything else.
Testing and Changing Your Fire Alarm Battery
If your smoke alarms are powered by a nine-volt battery, the battery should be replaced every 6 months, while the alarm itself should be replaced once every 10 years. For 10-year lithium-powered fire detectors, you won't need to replace the battery.