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Why is my smoke alarm beeping & how do I stop it!?!?

A smoke alarm can sound for a variety of reasons. While the obvious cause will be a fire, most people who experience a smoke alarm beeping will thankfully not be dealing with that. For that reason, it’s a good idea to know why your alarm is beeping, and how to stop it.
Fire, humidity, insects or burnt toast?
A loud, continuous alarm is cause to check for fire. This same alarm can be caused by a dirty sensor chamber, humidity, steam, or an electrical fault or surge.

In our experience burning toast is a common culprit. Photoelectric smoke alarms are designed to detect low, smoldering fires and are not as prone to nuisance cooking alarms.
Smoke Alarms have a 10 year lifespan
Regardless of the brand or type of alarm, all smoke alarms have a 10 year lifespan. After this time, the components of the alarms become less sensitive to smoke, alarm for no reason and need replacing.
Can humidity set off a smoke alarm?
Yes, high humidity and steam can interfere with the sensor, and set off the alarm as if there was smoke in the room. For that reason smoke alarms should not be installed in or just outside of the bathroom.
Low Battery?
A beeping alarm can signal a low battery. In some Australian states it’s now a requirement that alarms are fitted with 10-year lithium batteries or hardwired into the mains power supply, so properly fitted and working alarms shouldn’t have battery issues.
Should I call an electrician?
For wireless smoke alarms it is best to replace the unit if you cannot stop the beeping. If you are unsure of how to do this then it is time to call an electrician. If you have a wired smoke alarm you are required to have a licensed electrician replace the unit for you.
How do I stop it?
If there is no fire, you will want to know how to stop the smoke alarm from sounding.

The first step is to clear the air around the alarm of any steam or smoke and check if the alarm sensor is free of debris such as insects or dust.

Then you can try the reset button. Depending on your model you may have specific instructions to reset the alarm. If you have a detector that uses a removable battery, the next step is to replace the battery.

If the alarm is still not silent, it may be time to buy a new smoke detector. If you have a mains-powered smoke alarm then it is time to call an electrician.
Introducing the Smoke Alarm Remote
Finally. A way to silence smoke alarms in the middle of the night!

* Instantly silence alarms that are going off.
* Instantly locate which alarm is false alarming.
* Silence alarms by simply pressing one button on the wall.
* Completely wireless with 10 year lithium battery. No wiring required.
* Easy and quick installation.
* Talks wirelessly with the NEO and TRINITY smoke alarms.

Most Australian houses should have between 4-6 interconnected smoke alarms and if one goes off, they all go off. An incredibly loud and annoying experience. What do you do when this happens?

With the Evadare Smoke Alarm Controller, there is no need to put up with the incredibly loud noise, no need to run around the house trying to find out which smoke alarm is causing the problem, no need to get on a ladder – the alarms can be silenced from the one wall mounted switch. Easy.
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INSTOCK. 5 Pack Evadare Wireless Interconnected Photoelectric Smoke Alarms + 1 FREE Controller (NEO)

INSTOCK. 5 Pack Evadare Wireless Interconnected Photoelectric Smoke Alarms + 1 FREE Controller (NEO)

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5 x Evadare Photoelectric Wireless Interconnected Smoke Alarms (NEO) PLUS 1 x Wireless R2 Smoke Alarm Controller that allows for quick and easy silencing when there's a false alarm

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Tips to Minimise False Alarms

1. Keep your smoke alarms clean

Dirt and insects are a very common reason for smoke detectors going off inappropriately. Physical obstructions can interact with the sensor and cause your smoke alarm to activate. For a quick solution, carefully dust and vacuum your smoke alarm to remove dirt. You can also spray insect repellent around the alarm (avoid spraying the alarm directly!) to deter bugs.

2. Battery and power issues

Power surges can cause hardwired smoke alarms to beep. It should resolve itself after the power issue has passed, but if not you can try resetting the power by flipping it off and on again at your circuit box. In some areas of QLD and NSW, electricity suppliers inject an off-peak signal onto the network (a ‘ripple’) which can set off smoke alarms. If your smoke alarm beeps at the same time each day it could be this.

3. Rapid air movement

Another common culprit is rapid air movement created by fans or fan heaters, so point portable fans, heaters, radiators and air conditioning ducts away from smoke alarms. When installed, smoke alarms should also be placed away from air conditioning ducts.

4. Ventilate for steam and fumes

Steam and cooking fumes can cause smoke alarms to go off. Shut bathroom and laundry doors to contain steam, use the exhaust fan when cooking and open up doors and windows for ventilation.

5. Manage humidity

In high humidity, condensation can cause water vapours to form and cause the smoke to react as it would to smoke vapour. If you suspect this is happening you can dry the smoke alarm yourself by gently blowing a hair dryer through it to evaporate moisture.

Happy customers

"Great customer service rang to ask a question - Dave was extremely helpful over the phone, made my Online order had it within a few days - perfect . Thanks Dave"

Susan Adams via Google Reviews

"I recently purchased 3 Evadare smoke alarms, 7 to be installed in my Mums house which is under contract and 6 for myself. My son-in-law installed the alarms in my Mums house, and I was very impressed with how easy they were to be installed, and also with the quality of the product. I am looking forward to having your alarms installed in my home. Thank you for a good quality product. I have no hesitation in recommending your product to my family & friends."

Carolyn Stock via email.

"Hello Joe & Dave, received your smoke alarms earlier than Aust. Post suggested. Watched the video and the hardest part of paring was getting them out of the box. Have installed and tested all good. Thank you very much for the service and excellent product"

Arthur Munro via email.

"Absolutely fantastic to deal with, the team has not only sold me the correct product, at the correct price but took my calls to smooth the process along. Use this service much different to the standard online sales."

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A Few FAQ's

  1. What is a photoelectric smoke alarm?
    A photoelectric smoke alarm is an integrated system of photodetector/sensor, light source, power source and alarm. They are generally efficient in detecting both smouldering and fast-growing fires. It utilises the behaviour of light particles in the air media and triggers a fire alarm in the event that smoke is present.
  2. How does a photoelectric smoke alarm work?
    Photoelectric or optical smoke alarms are generally made up of a light source (modernly using LED), a photodetector, battery and an electronic circuit integrated with an alarm. All these components work together and compose a photo-optical smoke alarm. Once a threshold or a significant difference in the amount of light reaching the sensor (typically because smoke is present), the electronic circuit triggers the alarm.
  3. What do you look for when buying a photoelectric fire alarm?
    If wireless, look for photoelectric fire alarms with 10 year lithium batteries. Look for long-range alarms that can be interconnected with other units in other rooms with visual indicators and louder alarm sound. Finally look for alarms which meet Australian Standard AS 3786-2014 and have a testing function to ensure smoke alarms are always working properly.
  4. How can I tell what type of smoke alarm I currently have installed?
    A bright yellow ‘radiation’ symbol features inside or on the back of an ionisation alarm. These detectors were one of the most common types of smoke alarms used, but are now being replaced with photoelectric smoke detectors in many states across Australia.
  5. Why should I install interconnected smoke alarms?
    Research shows that photoelectric, interconnected smoke alarms are the most effective for alerting people early to fires. Today we have rooms on different levels of the home. Some homes are long with rooms at each end of the home. Some people sleep with doors closed. In all these cases it may take time for smoke to reach a smoke alarm, especially if doors are closed. Some smoke alarms can be interconnected so that if one goes off, they all do. This is of particular importance if you have a children's wing or parent's retreat in your home. Studies have shown that 85 percent of children do not wake to the sound of a smoke alarm. It's important that if a smoke alarm activates in a child's bedroom, the parent's smoke alarm should be interconnected so that it goes off a the same time.
  6. What's a remote & why should I get one?
    The remote is great for all households with multiple bedrooms and alarms. It is particularly useful though for the elderly as well as landlords/property owners. When alarms are interconnected, if one goes off they all go off, so the remote is a quick and easy way to silence them with a press of a button.
  7. Why should I buy from Evadare?
    We’re a proud, 100% Australian-owned family business on the Sunshine Coast. We offer a 10 year warranty on our alarms, 60 day money back returns and free delivery for orders over $200. All our alarms are AS3786:2014 certified.

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