*Enter the Condo Blues Whammy* Of course my broken smoke alarm was in my bedroom – the only room in the house with the cathedral ceiling.

*sigh* However it was a very easy and cheap fix to replace my broken smoke alarm with one that no longer beeps and wakes us up in the middle of the night due to a false alarm once we bought a very tall ladder.

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Tools you will need: THE PARTS OF THE ALARM The Mounting Bracket: To remove the mounting bracket from the Smoke Alarm base, hold the Smoke Alarm base firmly and twist the mounting bracket counterclockwise.

The mounting bracket installs onto the junction box. The Power Connector: The power connector plugs into a power input block on the Smoke Alarm. It is universal for all current BRK and First Alert smoke, carbon monoxide and heat alarms.

Easy access drawer for battery: no need to take down alarm from ceiling to change battery.

Interconnects with up to 12 other First Alert® or BRK® hardwired alarms.

Smoke alarms are a must in all homes, and CO alarms are needed for any home with fuel-burning appliances such as a furnace, water heater, range, cooktop, or grill.

Even those living in all-electric homes should install CO alarms, because CO can seep into the house from an attached garage or if a backup generator is used too close to your living quarters in the event of a power outage.

If you need to remove the power connector, insert a flat screwdriver blade between the power connector and the security tab inside the power input block. The alarm you have may not match exactly the image shown. 1 Mounting Bracket 2 Mounting Slots 3 Locking Pins (break out of bracket) 4 Hot (Black) AC Wire 5 Neutral (White) AC Wire 6 Interconnect (Orange) Wire 7 Latch to Open Battery Compartment 8 Swing-Out Battery Compartment 9 Quick-Connect Power Connector FOLLOW THESE INSTALLATION STEPS The basic installation of this Smoke Alarm is similar whether you want to install one Smoke Alarm, or interconnect more than one Smoke Alarm. Turn off power to the area where you will install this unit at the circuit breaker or fuse box before beginning installation.

Gently pry back the tab and pull the connector free. If you are interconnecting more than one Smoke Alarm, you MUST read “Special Requirements For Interconnected Smoke Alarms” below before you begin installation. Failure to turn off the power before installation may result in serious electrical shock, injury or death. Using wire nuts, connect the power connector to the household wiring. Improper wiring of the power connector or the wiring leading to the power connector will cause damage to the Alarm and may lead to a non-functioning Alarm. Remove the mounting bracket from the base, and attach it to the junction box. Plug the power connector into the back of the Smoke Alarm. Position the base of the Smoke Alarm over the mounting bracket and turn.

My how to fix a chirping smoke detector post has been one of my most popular posts on this blog since I wrote it two years ago.

I am glad I am not alone with the whole fire alarm beeping and waking you with a false alarm in the middle of the night scenario.

I don’t want to lose any readers because you electrocute yourselves or fall off of a ladder and break something important. Shut the electricity off at the breaker to the room with the broken smoke detector. Chances are the smoke detector will twist off of the mount plate with your hand. I had to choose between good photo quality and losing my balance and falling off of the ladder. Remove the electrical wing nuts and connectors from the wires in the ceiling. NOTE: Some say that you can use either electrical tape or electrical wing nuts to make and insulate two connecting wires.