CO And Smoke Detectors

  • When you are hearing the alarms go off, DO NOT disregard the Alarms…they are there to save your life in the event of a FIRE or CARBON MONOXIDE LEAK.  Middel Realty has received several calls over the last
    couple of weeks and has noticed a trend in the dates of some First Alert Carbon / Smoke detectors.  The units in the middle of the upstairs hallway are the ONLY CO DETECTOR in the home.  If you hear your alarms going
    off, there is a reason.  The most common reason is that the Unit is old and is stating to the occupants that the unit needs to be replaced.
  • 3 BEEPS

    • When you hear 3 beeps, within about a second-BEEP..BEEP..BEEP…you will know that the unit making the beeps is faulty and needing replacement.  Typically, this will happen at O’Dark thirty in the morning and
      you will be afraid.  If you fear that there may be a leak, you can contact 9-1-1 and ask for a firetruck to be dispatched and have the home searched for traceable levels of CO.
    • Please call Middel Realty and we will come out and replace the unit.  If you can PLEASE call us in the morning rather than at Midnight or 4Am, that will be greatly appreciated. We are on call 24/7 however we
      might not be able to arrive until later on in the morning if we don’t have any extra alarms in stock.

      • In the last 10 years, Middel Realty has responded to 100’s of alarm calls, and never found a leak in the furnace heat exchanger or faulty hot water heater.  There is always a first, but take solace in the fact
        that we do a ton of Preventative Maintenance and that you home is safe.
  • You can have directions for all the BEEP alarms by reading the PDF about the First Alert CO Alarms and First Alert Smoke Alarms (view documentation)
  • From the Manufacturer

    • IF YOU SUSPECT A PROBLEM
      • Smoke Alarms may not operate properly because of dead, missing or weak batteries, a build-up of dirt, dust or grease on the Smoke Alarm cover, or installation in an improper location. Clean the Smoke Alarm as described in “Regular Maintenance,” and install a fresh battery, then test the Smoke Alarm again. If it fails to test properly when you use the Test/Silence button, or if the problem persists, replace the Smoke Alarm immediately. If you hear a “chirp” once a minute, replace the battery.  If you experience frequent non-emergency alarms (like those caused by cooking smoke), try relocating the Smoke Alarm. If the alarm sounds when no smoke is visible, try cleaning or  relocating the Smoke Alarm. The cover may be dirty. If the alarm does not sound during testing, make sure it is receiving AC power from the household current.  Always discharge the branch circuit before servicing an AC or AC/DC Smoke Alarm. First, turn off the AC power at the circuit breaker or fuse box. Next, remove the battery from Smoke Alarms with battery back-up. Finally, press and hold the test button for 5-10 seconds to discharge the branch circuit.