As electrical contractors in Liverpool, we strive to offer top quality service related to any electrical situation possible, and your fire alarm is no exception. When a fire alarm is working properly, it tends to be silent and we might even forget it’s there, apart from its blinking light.
But when something’s not right, you definitely know it exists. Perhaps you’ve experienced the inconvenience of a chirping alarm that kept you up all night or a faulty system that decided to go off at random times of the day. No matter how annoying these situations might be, there’s always a reason why they occur.
A fire alarm that is constantly beeping can be a nuisance, but it’s often caused by low batteries. Some alarms have batteries as their main source of power, and most even have them as backup, so it’s natural that they can get drained over time. The solution to this problem is merely to purchase new batteries. Some alarms need to be detached from the wall or ceiling, in order for you to access the battery compartment.
The beeping can also be due to an electrical failure (like a loose connection) or to a warning that the alarm is reaching the end of its life, since it comes with a fixed life span that warns people to replace it with a new one.
A fire alarm that keeps going off can compromise people’s health and safety. There are several reasons why your alarm could be behaving like this, and the main one is dust. Dust shows up in even the cleanest of houses, and it tends to accumulate in difficult-to-reach places, which includes your alarm. This issue could be solved by cleaning the sensor chamber.
If not, then it could be due to a loose connection, or even humidity in the air. Also, if you burn something in the kitchen, the resulting smoke can not only trigger the alarm, but leave a residue inside it that can continue to activate it. This problem is usually solved by replacing the detector.
So, in order for your fire alarm to function optimally, it’s necessary to ensure that it goes through regular maintenance processes, that it’s clean and has new batteries, and that it complies with regulations.
Still, it’s natural that fire alarms develop problems the longer they’re in use and, while in some cases you might have to replace it, more often than not you can have it fixed. To find out more about your fire alarm system, or to take advantage of any of our other services, don’t hesitate to contact us on 0151 482 5534.