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# 245169 22-Jan-2019 09:56
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So I replaced my smoke alarms with photoelectric as advised. Now I am getting false alarms. I have high ceilings and I have to bring a ladder in from outside to get at the alarms. This is no fun coming from a sound sleep at two in the morning, as happened last night. So what do I do now? It is fine and well to talk about dust and insects and whatever, but that does not solve my problem and the alarms have only recently been placed. I never had this issue with the ionisation alarms, one of which saved me from an electrical fire. I am going to put them back unless anyone can offer another solution. It is ridiculous to tell people to use something that doesn't work correctly and I am a bit cross about that advice. The fire services need to get real.

 

 





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  # 2165190 22-Jan-2019 10:05
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Previous house I was in had those ten year little button things you see commonly now. They would sometimes go off at random and I'd usually whack the hell out of it if I got up or keep sleeping. Actually grew a tolerance to the noise cause the stupid thing went off so often.... 
Never knew why they did so following.




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  # 2165200 22-Jan-2019 10:27
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Possibly drop by your local fire station and have a chat with them, probably the most qualified to assist and its free

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  # 2165206 22-Jan-2019 10:43
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Maybe put the ionization alarms up high, and the photoelectric down where you can reach them?

 

 




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  # 2165210 22-Jan-2019 10:48
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Are photoelectric as good if wall-mounted?

 

 





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  # 2165214 22-Jan-2019 10:52
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Nest protect.

I also have high ceilings. I can shut them down with an app on my phone when there’s a false alarm.

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  # 2165223 22-Jan-2019 10:59
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Brand name, model etc might help us with your problem.

 

Four years ago, when we bought, we installed Fire Angel ST620 from the UK supplied by Mitre10. Mitre10 has already replaced two with Orca micro. They had so many returns of the Fire Angels they stop selling them.





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  # 2165233 22-Jan-2019 11:11
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FineWine:

 

They had so many returns of the Fire Angels they stop selling them.

 

 

There was a recall of these I think due to always beeping




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  # 2165256 22-Jan-2019 11:25
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I bought mine from Bunnings. I think they are called Arma. I didn't really think about brands. The articles said photoelectric and that was what I focused on. 

 

 





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  # 2165279 22-Jan-2019 11:53
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Rikkitic:

I bought mine from Bunnings. I think they are called Arma. I didn't really think about brands. The articles said photoelectric and that was what I focused on. 


 



There is your problem. Replace them with Cavius smoke alarms.






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  # 2165283 22-Jan-2019 11:56
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Also, recommend Cavius and Nest Protect.

 

 

 

 




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  # 2165286 22-Jan-2019 11:59
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OK thanks. I will look into them. I just don't want to keep shelling out for more alarms if they have the same issue.

 

 





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  # 2165287 22-Jan-2019 12:02
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I went through the same thing - buying cheap (junk) detectors that keep giving low battery alarms and random beeping. Replaced with Cavius, all good now.


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  # 2165319 22-Jan-2019 12:45
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I got some goldair ones from Miter Ten, one has gone off when my wife was ironing. I might return one that goes off randomly and get a Cavius for the kitchen.


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  # 2165344 22-Jan-2019 13:24
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Coil:

 

Previous house I was in had those ten year little button things you see commonly now. They would sometimes go off at random and I'd usually whack the hell out of it if I got up or keep sleeping. Actually grew a tolerance to the noise cause the stupid thing went off so often.... 
Never knew why they did so following.



 



@Coil Our 3-1/2 year old new house had been fitted with the small Cavius-brand 10-year smoke alarms when we moved in.

A couple of months ago two of them started to give out infrequent false alarm chirps. These were only about one-third of the way through their intended life.

I removed one from its mount to see whether the batteries are user-replaceable. They aren’t - so I was resigned to buying new ones (they’re not cheap).

However when looking at the Cavius NZ website I found that there is a batch-number of units whose batteries have been causing problems and Cavius are replacing the alarms at no cost. There is a batch number and expiry date sticker on the back of the removable unit. If your units are playing up, you can complete an on-line form - no proof of purchase needed, just the batch number.

If your batch number falls within the ‘recall’ range, Cavius will email you an acceptance/confirmation (I received mine within two hours - great service) which you need to print and take to Bunnings, M10, or Placemakers etc along with the old units. You will be given free new ones.

 

https://www.cavius.co.nz/low-battery-support/

 

 


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  # 2165520 22-Jan-2019 15:48
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Consumer's test report on smoke alarms is free to all. Cavius don't score as high as some but seem to make up for that by reliability (except bad batch). Some marketing names share similar 588 type numbers and score well but users report that they false trigger or the "10 year" battery doesn't last. Other user reports are on real estate forums.

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