Do Co Detectors Go Bad?

Do Co Detectors Go Bad?

PostBy: llama99 On: Sat Dec 01, 2012 5:22 pm

How long do the First Alert Detectors last? What brand do folks recommend?
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Magnum Stoker
Coal Size/Type: rice
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Stove/Furnace Model: Magnum Stoker

Re: Do Co Detectors Go Bad?

PostBy: Wiz On: Sat Dec 01, 2012 5:30 pm

Smoke alarms have a limited life. Although each smoke alarm and all of its parts have passed many stringent tests and are designed to be as reliable as possible, any of these parts could fail over time. Therefore, you must test the devices weekly. The unit should be replaced immediately if it is not operating properly. The performance of smoke detectors older than 10 years is simply not reliable. To ensure your family's safety, all carbon monoxide and smoke/CO combination alarms need to be replaced every 5 years. All smoke alarms need to be replaced every 10 yea


Quote is by First Alert
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Re: Do Co Detectors Go Bad?

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sat Dec 01, 2012 5:45 pm

Yes they do and some of them will begin to beep when they expire.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

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Re: Do Co Detectors Go Bad?

PostBy: SMITTY On: Sat Dec 01, 2012 6:20 pm

The same is true with the current batch of automobiles ......the 5 year part ..... but I digress ....

Looks like I need to toss every detector in my house. :(
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
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Re: Do Co Detectors Go Bad?

PostBy: vulcan On: Sat Dec 01, 2012 6:44 pm

This is my 1st year burning coal and I just installed 3 co detectors. I noticed in the instructions in 2 of them which I think were kidde brand that it states they will start to beep after 7 years which is the lifespan of the ones I purchased.
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Re: Do Co Detectors Go Bad?

PostBy: titleist1 On: Sat Dec 01, 2012 11:21 pm

the nighthawk digital display are good. you can see the numeric reading which will show up before the alarm starts to go off. when you get them, put the date on with a sharpie and then get another in 3 years, keeping the first ones, that way they all wont go bad at the same time.
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Mag Stoker (old style) one in basement, one in workshop
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III on standby for long power outages
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite; Nut/Anthracite

Re: Do Co Detectors Go Bad?

PostBy: coalkirk On: Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:37 am

Depending on how old your fitst alert unit is, it might have been bad out of the box. They had a recall a few years ago for a bunch of bad units.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF3000
Coal Size/Type: antrhcite/rice coal

Re: Do Co Detectors Go Bad?

PostBy: Poconoeagle On: Sun Dec 02, 2012 10:16 am

i remember 7 years as the number
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Re: Do Co Detectors Go Bad?

PostBy: llama99 On: Sun Dec 02, 2012 10:39 am

Thanks folks - I got two new ones and two new smoke detector too.
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Magnum Stoker
Coal Size/Type: rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: Magnum Stoker

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