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    anjalil Posts: 1, Reputation: 1
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    Dec 11, 2007, 04:33 PM
    alarm goes off but not because of smoke
    the smoke detector alarm goes off but its not because of smoke. What could be the other probable reasons? Is condensation a probability? Is getting a central humidifier going to solve the problem? What would be a good route to take?
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    Dec 11, 2007, 04:38 PM
    I had this problem last year... have you changed the batteries recently?
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    Dec 11, 2007, 07:38 PM
    Is it a photoelectric or ionization type?
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    Dec 12, 2007, 06:34 PM
    How old is the alarm? They do go bad regardless of how well they are cleaned and maintained..
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    Dec 30, 2007, 07:32 AM
    I had a problem with a central system at a hotel I worked for(Imagine that in a full scale hotel,, ugggh)

    We found spiders in the individual smoke detectors, as well as dust etc,as pelle stated maintenance (compressed air used to clean computer keyboards) and as J-9 said, battery changes do a lot for the protection and proper operation of the systems.

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    Dec 30, 2007, 10:38 AM
    Go back and answer the question KISS posed. Is this smoke only or is it also a carbon monoxide detector too?
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    Dec 30, 2007, 11:04 AM
    Rather than wait for an answer you may not have, some ''smoke'' detectors also or really detect the ions given off by combustion. The heat exchanger in your furnace could be allowing not only ions, but CO to leak into your house. This is a serious problem. I would take a good look at your furnace and maybe invite a professional to have a look.

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