My smoke detector won’t stop beeping, even after replacing the batteries!

There are a couple things you should know about your smoke detectors before you consider replacing them.
Most smoke detectors in use today use electrical wiring with a battery backup. We replace the battery most often when it starts chirping but they SHOULD be replaced every year at the same time, like on a holiday. These smoke detectors store error codes which means the chirp associated with a week battery chirp is often a common error code. Many units retain that code even after replacing the old battery. To totally eliminate that chirp you must clear the error code that is being held in memory. The best way to do that is to reset the smoke detector.

Try the following steps:

1. Turn off the smoke detector power at the circuit breaker in the main breaker panel.
2. Remove the smoke detector from the mounting bracket. Then unplug the power connector from the unit.
3. Remove the battery, usually a 9V battery from the smoke detector.
4. With the battery completely removed from the unit, press and hold the test button for 15-20 seconds.
5. Re-insert the new battery in the smoke detector and plug in the power connector.
6. Replace the smoke detector unit in the mounting bracket.
7. Turn on the smoke detector power at the circuit breaker.

When power is restored, the smoke detector should chirp once. That annoying low-battery chirping should be eliminated.
One last bit of advice: If the smoke detectors in your home are 10 years old or older, they should be replaced. Your life and the lives of your loved ones is far to precious to risk on an old smoke detector.

My GFI outlet will not reset!

So, your GFI outlet is not resetting. In an effort to save you a service call I would like to ask you to do the following procedures I outline below. If you are still unable to restore power, please call and we can schedule a service call.

As a first step, I would suggest that you check the main panel for tripped breakers. I’m sure you have done this but I would offer a suggestion. Instead of flipping all the breakers on and off, just use one finger to push each breaker to the “ON” position. Each breaker should feel solid. If one is spongy, try flipping that breaker off and back on. Be sure to force it to the OFF position and the force it to the ON position. If they are all OK then the problem will most likely be a tripped GFI.

You will be on a hunt for any GFI outlets. The kitchen is GFI protected but the GFI might be anywhere inside or outside the house. Look in the garage first for any outlet that has buttons. There is almost always a GFI in the garage! Push the TEST button and you should hear a click or snap. If not, this GFI has been tripped. Then push the RESET button and you will hear a click or snap. If not then continue checking for other GFI outlets.

Look everywhere. Every room. Outside. Backyard. BBQ area. The side of the house. Bathrooms. Kitchen.

Do the TEST/RESET procedure on each and every GFI you find. 9 out of 10 times this is the fix.
BTW, if you find and fix the issue and it happens again, you are overloading the circuit or something is shorted out. Try eliminating items on the tripped circuit till it stays on.

Hope this helps. If it did not resolve the issue, please email, text or call me 949-378-8334 to schedule a service call.