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3 Things You Should Know About Smoke Detector Maintenance

An Edwards smoke detector with a UL certified logo on the side.

Learn how to keep your smoke detectors in top condition!

Keeping your smoke detectors in optimal working condition is necessary for the safety of your building and everyone in it. However, managing smoke detector maintenance can raise numerous questions for building owners and managers. Today’s blog will address three of those most common questions. 

From understanding how often smoke detectors should be tested and cleaned to deciphering audio signals and knowing when it’s time for a replacement, we’ll address these common queries. Let’s dive in!

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What Does It Mean When the Smoke Detector Beeps?

When a smoke detector beeps, it’s generally signaling a technical issue with your device, and taking immediate action to repair it is key. 

Accumulation of dust, cobwebs, or other debris in a smoke detector is a common cause of beeping. Moreover, continuous or frequent beeping without the presence of smoke might indicate a malfunctioning device. This could be due to internal defects or environmental factors affecting the detector’s operation.  Our greatest advice is never to ignore the beeping.

Is Cleaning Smoke Detectors Really That Important?

Yes, as we mentioned earlier, cleaning smoke detectors is a vital step in ensuring they work properly. Especially the older your device is, the more important it is to maintain it. 

When Is It Time to Replace a Smoke Detector?  

Smoke detectors, not to be confused with smoke alarms, are integral components of a building’s fire alarm system. This means that smoke detectors, when maintained correctly, can match the longevity of any other part within the system. Modern fire alarm control panels may include technology that periodically performs sensitivity checks on the system’s smoke detectors. Should a detector fail to achieve a certain sensitivity level, then a professional cleaning will be needed. In cases where the detector is severely compromised, replacement may be required. 

It’s also essential for smoke detectors to undergo an annual performance test conducted by a certified professional using proper test equipment. Any detector that does not pass this performance test will likely be recommended for replacement. Additionally, if the smoke detector shows any signs of wear, neglect, or damage, it should also be considered for replacement.

If you suspect your smoke detectors are in need of a cleaning or an inspection, Phoenix Pacific is here to help. Contact us today, and let us help you ensure the safety of your property.