Smoke detectors are quite the important essential part of every American household that can detect smoke before a fire can start, and even gas leaks like that of carbon monoxide. Yet we pay the slightest bit of attention to them. That is till we’re reminded of battery change alerts every couple of months.
Did you know there are two types of smoke detectors? Wired smoke detectors and battery-operated ones. Not that they are any different, just the way they are installed. But changing their batteries is something that is also different.
Here is how you change the batteries of the respective type of smoke detector.
How to Replace a Battery Operated Smoke Detector’s Battery
Smoke detectors are almost always placed on the ceiling of every household. Here’s how you replace a battery-operated smoke detector.
- Take the smoke detector off of its mount on the wall by twisting it clockwise or anticlockwise, whichever way is advised on the device or its manual.
- Once the device is out of its mount, simply unlock the battery lid – you may need a screwdriver if it is sealed shut with a screw to prevent anybody from tampering with it.
- Place the device back into the mount by reverse-twisting it to how you had done it before to take the device off the mount. Apply a little force to push the device into the mount.
- Switch your smoke detector back on. Your new battery is in and the device is ready to get back to its work.
How to Replace a Wired Smoke Detector’s Battery
Changing the battery of a wired smoke detector is trickier than changing the battery of a regular battery-operated one. Not everyone is equipped to deal with the wiring that is involved and in some circumstances, professional help may be needed as well. Here’s how you replace the battery of a wired smoke detector.
- The first and most crucial step is to turn off the power supply to the smoke detector, from the main circuit breaker of your home.
- When removing the smoke detector from its mount up on the ceiling, turn it clockwise, or anticlockwise as the device or its instruction manual suggests.
- Once the device is detached from the mount, do not immediately pull at it because the device it connected to the wiring in the ceiling. Gently unplug the wiring from the device but remember which wire goes where for when you have to attach the device back again.
- When the device is fully unplugged from the wiring, you cannot replace the battery. Follow the same step you would with a battery-operated smoke detector – unlock the battery lid and keep in mind that you may need a screwdriver if the lid is sealed shut with a screw to prevent any sort oftampering.
- After replacing the battery it is time to reattach the device to the wiring before fitting it back onto the wall mount. Attach the wiring back onto the device, just as it had been placed before you unplugged them.
- Place the device back onto the mount by reverse-twisting it to how you had done it before to take the device off the mount. You may need to apply a little pressure to fit the device into the mount.
- You can now turn the power back on from the circuit breaker to the smoke detector. Test your device from the test button. If the lights are on, it is working!
When Should You Replace the Battery However?
We tend to replace the battery after several warnings, and that could sometimes mean a week or several days later. Normally it is wise to do it the first chance you get in order to avoid any hazards. With low battery smoke detectors sometimes lag in performance or do not properly detect smoke or gas leaks that could be life-threatening.
It is recommended that you change the battery of your smoke detectors at least twice a year to prevent your device from lagging in its performance. And also to save yourself the trouble of hearing the constant beeping low battery alert.
People who have smart smoke detectors can get alerts directly onto their smartphones, laptops, and tablets which should prove to be an urgency for you to change the battery of your smart smoke detector.