House fires can pose a serious threat to your family and your property which is why fire detectors are a must in every home. But what if they break down and you need to change your batteries? How do you safely replace the fire detector batteries without damaging your alert system? Let’s find out.
Check the Battery Type
The first step is to check the type of batteries installed on your fire detector. If you plan on buying replacement batteries it is important to get the correct ones to avoid causing a hazard. Most detectors make use of a lithium-ion battery to keep itself powered but there are detectors with other battery types as well. Make sure that your replacement batteries are high quality and don’t cause your smoke detectors to fail.
Remove the Smoke Detector
The next step is to remove the smoke detector from the ceiling. If the detector is wired into the power system, you will need to turn off your power first to avoid any electric hazards. Depending on the mount, you may or may not need to unscrew the detector.
Installing a New Battery
Now we are at the most important step. To get access to the battery you need to remove the cover. If you have access to a manual you can see where exactly the fire detector batteries are located. Most fire detectors come with a slider mechanism that allows you free access to the batteries.
After you remove the battery chassis, you should safely remove the old batteries. Make sure that there are no leaks. Once the old batteries are removed, install your new fire alarm batteries and secure them in place correctly. Make sure that you match the labels of your smoke detector. Once the batteries are correctly replaced, put in the cover and reinstall the fire alarm.
Test Your Alarms
After installing the fire alarm, reconnect your power fuse. You want to make sure that your detectors are working as intended. Simply find the test button on your fire detector and press it. Manufacturers design the test buttons in different locations so you might need to find out where the button is located from a physical or online manual.
Hold down the test button for a few seconds and the alarm should set off. Release the button to stop the alarm. If you find that the alarm is not ringing, you may need to test your batteries. Do not reinstall your smoke detector until it passes the test.
There may be various reasons behind the detectors not working. Check your batteries on other devices to see if something is wrong with them. If something is wrong with your fire detector, you should try to get it fixed by professionals or replace dead alarms with new ones. It is important to invest in batteries that are reliable and offer long-term usage and there are very few brands that can top the kind of quality Enegitech offers for homeowners.