Smoke detector too sensitive?

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  1. Knuckle Dragger

    Knuckle Dragger Moderator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    My smoke detectors seem to be going off at the slightest thing. I've been in the house for three years and recently the smoke detectors go off every time we cook (not burning stuff every time either smart azz). The just seem way too sensitive. Am I supposed to do some sort of maintenance on these things besides batteries?

    If one goes off the all go off so it's hard to pinpoint which one it is.
     
  2. wookie

    wookie Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    My kitchen one used to go off a lot. Then I figured out she just couldn't cook...
     
  3. THOMAS81Z

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    wait for it ....

    wait for it ......
     
  4. THOMAS81Z

    THOMAS81Z Veteran Member

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    naa i cant do that to katie :p
     
  5. Marks71BB

    Marks71BB Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Are you cooking with gas or electric? Could be yer o2 sensor and I'm not kidding ;)
     
  6. Todd80Z28

    Todd80Z28 Moderator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    They're supposed to be replaced every 7-10 years. The detector cal can shift quite a bit with age.
    I learned this when I replaced all mine a year or two ago.
     
  7. Knuckle Dragger

    Knuckle Dragger Moderator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Gas range but it does it on the electric grill too.

    These are only three years old. They are hard wired into the house with a red and black wire (ground and power??), but they still take a 9V battery. I'm not sure how one knows the other one went off because all five of them will go off one right after the other. I got up there and used some of that canned air stuff to blow them out. As soon as I hit them they sounded off for a little bit. I'm not really sure how these things work but there was a good bit of dust in them.
     
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  8. wookie

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    Naw it was the "X"....Katie is a jam-up cook!:bowtie:
     
  9. Twisted_Metal

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