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Posted: 05/23/12 03:01pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

They are both the original ones that came with our 2007 Puma... We have replaced batteries yearly. OK, so this year one started to beep I think it was the CM Detector. We bought new batteries for both and they are chirping with new batteries.. Am I doing something wrong or is it time to replace the units...

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Posted: 05/23/12 03:05pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Could just be old batteries that sat on the shelf a bit too long. Easily checked with a volt meter.I have originals in my 01 HTT .


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Carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced every five years. That may be the problem.


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The CO detectors oxygen sensor will die in most lower end units withing 5 or 6 years, and will alarm to false positives. You should get more life out of the smoke detector, but since you can purchase a battery operated smoke detector for mless than $10, I wouldn't mess around with none that you felt was malfunctioning.


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Posted: 05/23/12 03:37pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

sharker6 wrote:

Carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced every five years. That may be the problem.


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Posted: 05/23/12 05:17pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Look at the inside or back of the detector for a manufacture date and also for a life expectancy date. On a 2007 RV the detector could hve been made in 2006 so that is going on 6 years. My detecor false alarmed right at 6 years, so I just replaced it.


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That noise can drive you crazy after awhile.[emoticon] Time to get a new one.

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My CO detector just went bad in the S&B 3 months after the 5 years since manufacture. I talked to the manufacturer and they don't like the unit being in a RV over the winter or storage in extreme heat as that will shorten the life. It does not matter that it is not in use but just that the sensor has a life expectancy.

I bought a new unit at Wally World and opened it right away and found out it was already two years old and took it right back. The manufacture said to let them know, Walmart, to rotate the stock more often.

The unit I have is from Kidde.


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Posted: 05/23/12 07:23pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

All the newer smoke and CO detectors go bad at about 5 to 6 years and start chirping, mine in my motorhome did after 6 years most have a date on them and it is prudent to replace them. Better safe than sorry or not wakeup at all. Kidde makes a new Night Hawk that is compatable for RV and boats.It detects all kinds of fires and CO. Most Rv fires start in the wireing and smolder this one will detect that too.I researched til my eyes bled,and this one is the best I could find. Just passing along the info. It is up to you to decide.

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Carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced every five years. That may be the problem.

We have had some battery problems, Digging through old reciepts wife found paper (amoung other junk) the paper was tltled:
C/M & propane alarm replacement notice. Said exactly that. All Safe-T-Alert (bla bla).. that are 5 yrs old and older are beyond their Mandatory Replacement time and must be replaced. Along with blank form that looks like we supposed to fill it out and send back in when we bought it. Form says that says basically if we don't replace the alarm it is their not a fault for anybody's death.


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