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Old 04-05-2014, 01:07 PM   #1
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My family and I keep hearing this beeping/chirping sound. It started last week. We checked the smoke alarms and CO detector. The sound is not from them. It sounds like it's coming from a hanging lighting fixture on the dining room ceiling. The sound does not change, but sometimes the volume does. It makes that sound when the light is off and even when the circuit breaker is off.

We called out landlord, but he won't send anyone to look at it. He won't return our phone calls, either. We can't afford an electrician. He gets mad when the tenants keep contacting him. Other tenants have complained about him also.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Thank you.

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I seriously doubt it's coming from a light fixture. It has to be a smoke alarm either in your apt or an adjoining apt.

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We checked the smoke alarms and CO detector.
How did you check them ?

When was the last time the batteries were changed ?
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I checked the smoke alarms. I'll be next to the alarms, and the noise sounds distant. I even removed the batteries and I still hear it. It doesn't seem like the noise is coming from them.

I thought maybe the noise was from the wiring or something. I can't seem to find anything that's causing it.

My next door neighbor says she doesn't hear anything.
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I have the problem of telling which smoke alarm is chirping. Don't know if its my hearing, the locations, or the particular pitch of my detectors. Best I can do is one end of the house or the other.

If yours are hard wired with battery backup, they will chirp without batteries.

With my hard wire/battery system, when one starts chirping, I change the batteries in all of them.

Beeping sounds in my house would be the washer or dryer. I hear those even when my wife does not.
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Buried Smoke detector. Call your local Building codes dept. and state this, or the local Fire Marshall. I am sure that they would love to put a stop to the beeping, and charge your landlord for failure to maintain the system.
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The smoke detectors are about 2 months old, with the batteries they came with. I took out the batteries and I still heard the beeping. It's not hard wired. Someone from the city installed them for free. We threw out our old smoke detector.

The CO detector is about 8 years old. I unplugged it and I still heard the beeping. So, it may not be that. I keep looking for something else that would cause it. I can't find anything.

I'll contact the building codes dept. and fire dept. Hopefully they will help.
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I vote for a Smoke detector that was overlooked by the installation crew,

Could also be a stuck doorbell transformer, maybe.

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If a spider walked across the sensor would that cause the detector to give out a short beep?
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If a spider walked across the sensor would that cause the detector to give out a short beep?
No it would not.
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Actually, the doorbell box is near where I hear the sound. However, our doorbell doesn't work. I can't find any extra smoke detectors.
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By chance is your oven on when you hear it? Took me weeks to figure out that the oven shelf expanding with heat would squeak against the side of the oven. There are lots of other possibilities like bad bearings in fans or ductwork flexing. As for a buried smoke detector, I've been on calls where they asked us to check them only to find out it was an old one they hadn't thrown out sitting on the shelf in the closet. Otherwise I don't know how you bury a smoke detector.
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I vote for smoke detector. They can be tricky
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The smoke detectors are about 2 months old, with the batteries they came with. I took out the batteries and I still heard the beeping. It's not hard wired. Someone from the city installed them for free. We threw out our old smoke detector.

The CO detector is about 8 years old. I unplugged it and I still heard the beeping. So, it may not be that. I keep looking for something else that would cause it. I can't find anything.

I'll contact the building codes dept. and fire dept. Hopefully they will help.
Hopefully you will find the source of the beeping soon.

Nothing to do with the beeping, as that's been covered pretty thouroughly, just some general information everyone knows but may be worth repeating; The date of manufacture is usually stamped on the back of your alarms. They are usually good for about 5-7 years depending on quality of the alarm and then should be replaced. Your new smoke detectors should be good to go unless they are defective. However, the CO detector, if it's over 8 years old, should be replaced. Just a suggestion/comment.

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Could be in the next apartment. Smoke detector, CO detector, oven, cell phone, alarm clock, computer backup power supply, lots of things can chirp.

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