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Monoxide detector 7 year shut down?

Post in 'It's a Gas!' started by Val, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. Val

    Val New Member

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    Hello, can you help me find a brand of monoxide detector that doesn't shut down in 7 years? I'd like a plug in one. They cost 30-50 dollars and then before you know it the things not good anymore. I had 2 battery ones, now the last one is chirping its replacement signal. I am not trying to be cheap with safety...I just think its another gimmick to get consumers to spend. Thank you.

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  2. Frozen Canuck

    Frozen Canuck Minister of Fire

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    Generally speaking most brands have detector failure within 5 - 8 years or so. They just get all gummed up with what's in the air in our homes. If you smoke in the house or have pets or a poorly maintained forced air system, failure can occur sooner. Good practice & required by some insurance companies is replacement within that 5 - 8 year period. Sorry to burst your bubble on something that last's forever as no one has invented a self cleaning detector yet.
  3. TradEddie

    TradEddie Minister of Fire

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    It's not dust or dirt, the chemical sensor in the CO detector wears out. This is not like a smoke detector which can be vacuumed. This is one reason I use separate smoke and CO detectors.

    TE
  4. ccrider

    ccrider New Member

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    Kidde has just released a 10 year co detector. This is an industry first. Ul requires that your co alarms at the end of life which had been 7 years and now will be ten years.

    Btw, it is a good idea to vacuum your smokes but regardless nfpa recommends your replace them after 10 years regardless.
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  5. EatenByLimestone

    EatenByLimestone Minister of Fire

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    I just had to replace one that failed after 3 years.

    It was a Kiddee plug in model.

    Matt
  6. ccrider

    ccrider New Member

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    Should return it under warranty. The date code is on the unit
  7. EatenByLimestone

    EatenByLimestone Minister of Fire

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    I have it sitting on a shelf and am waiting to do it.

    Time is the limiting factor on most things I do.

    Matt

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