Carbon Monoxide Alarm Going Off
by X-Sense Official Tue, Aug 16, 22
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is an invisible, odorless gas that is a common by-product of incomplete combustion. Carbon monoxide is produced when fossil fuels like wood, coal, charcoal, gasoline, kerosene, natural gas, or oil burn. Because of the way that your body reacts to carbon monoxide, it is a deadly gas that must be avoided to prevent poisoning.
Why Is My Carbon Monoxide Alarm Going Off?
Your carbon monoxide alarm is going off for one of the following reasons:
- It is doing its job properly and detects CO pollution in the air
- It is a false alarm caused by other household items
- The detector is malfunctioning or the batteries need changing
How to Stop Your Carbon Monoxide Alarm Going Off
1. Low BatteryIf a carbon monoxide detector goes off at night, you will want to make sure it’s not alerting you about a potential leak.
If this is a constant issue then you can begin to troubleshoot the problem to figure out what is causing the false alarm.
For the most part, the issue is going to have to do with the battery.
Each carbon monoxide detector has a built-in mechanism to alert homeowners about a dying battery.
This is to make sure you change the battery before things worsen.
If you notice this, the best course of action is to make sure you are replacing the battery as soon as possible. Don’t delay this as it will become a safety risk.
2. Aging Detector
This is a potential reason for a carbon monoxide detector beeping at night.
It might be dying.
This happens when the detector has not been changed for years and is now at the end of its life.
This is natural and it is something you are going to see with any safety device at home whether it’s the smoke alarm or this unit.
As a result, you should be aware of when it’s time to replace the carbon monoxide detector.
The beeping at night is likely a warning sign that it is going to start to fade.
The best way to know this is by replacing the battery. If it continues to beep at night, this means you will have to change it as soon as possible.
3. Low Temperature
This is one of those situations that can happen when the carbon monoxide detector is set up in a room that is not kept warm.
During the day, the temperature is going to remain high, which means it is unlikely to trigger the carbon monoxide detector.
However, when the sun goes down, this is when the temperature drops rapidly.
If it is located in a colder part of the house, the sudden drop in temperature might cause the detector to start beeping.
4. Damaged Wiring
This is an issue some people note when it comes to the detector.
The wiring tends to get ruined over time and you will have to act fast. If there is wiring hooked onto the carbon monoxide detector, you will want to take a proper look at it.
This includes wiring inside the unit.
There are times when the wiring might loosen and you will have to tighten it. This can be done within seconds and should bring the unit back to how it was.
It is also recommended to reset the carbon monoxide detector by turning off the power and then turning it on again.
Can Carbon Monoxide Alarms Go Off For No Reason?Carbon monoxide alarms can go off for no reason. This can happen once a carbon monoxide alarm is beginning to near the end of its life. This will make it far more erratic and dysfunctional.
Any damage done to your health by carbon monoxide can easily be prevented.
Make sure you invest in carbon monoxide detectors and place them correctly. Frequently check to see that they are working properly and replace batteries if necessary.
Keep your gas appliances maintained, and make sure to properly vent all the rooms where those appliances are used.
In the case of emergency, open all the doors and windows, and evacuate outside. Wait for a licensed technician to check all the appliances that could be faulty. Only enter the home again when you are 100 % sure it is safe to do so.
You should never ignore an alarm if you hear it, as it is better to be safe than sorry.
X-Sense XC01-WR Wireless Carbon Monoxide Detector
- Digital LCD clearly displays real-time CO concentration levels and battery power.
- 10-year sensor life with replaceable batteries provides uninterrupted 24/7 protection.
- Detects CO threats accurately with the advanced Figaro electrochemical CO sensor.
- Easy to install onto any wall or ceiling without hardwiring.
- Meets safety standards UL 2034 (US) and EN 50291 (EU).