Fire Alarm Panel Repairs FAQs

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It is best to have your Fire Alarm Inspected a minimum once a year. During the inspection and the testing of devices, the property manager or owner will be notified of any parts of the system that are not working properly and what needs to be fixed or replaced. 

The recommended Lifespan of a Smoke Detector or Heat Detector is 10 years.

Troubleshooting Fire Alarm Systems may be something very simple or more complex depending on the issue of the system. You keep in mind four things. Those four items are checking the keypad, resetting the alarm, checking batteries, and cleaning any Smoke Detectors. If none of the four items works, it is best to contact your local Fire Alarm Company.

  1. Check the Keypad: First thing anyone should do when their Fire Alarm System is beeping is see what it says on the keypad. Most Fire Alarms will read on the keypad or at the Fire Alarm Panel what is causing the beeping.
  2. Reset the alarm: Once you have read what is causing the beeping and took note of what it said, try resetting the system if it is just beeping. Just about all fire alarms have a button or directions on how to Silence and how to Reset the Fire Alarm system. If this does not clear the issue, check the batteries or call your Fire Alarm Company.
  3. Check batteries. Often your fire alarm will begin beeping when the batteries get low. If the alarm keeps going off after you have reset the alarm, then you should check the batteries. The easiest way to do this is to simply replace the batteries.
  4. Clean. If you are having false alarms with your smoke detectors, the easiest and quickest thing to try is to clean the Smoke Detectors of any Spider Webs you may see around them. Dust and Spider webs may cause false alarms on your Smoke Detectors. If this does not fix the issue, you will need to contact your Fire Alarm provider. 

Fire Panels need to be inspected every year to make sure they are working just as well as the day they were installed. The average Fire Alarm Control Panel should have a life span of 20+ years if properly inspected and taken care of.
Depending on the type and brand of a Fire Alarm Control Panel, prices can range from as little as $1,000 to tens of thousands of dollars. 
The cost of installing a Fire Detection or Fire Alarm System will vary greatly depending on the type of building, occupancy, city, and what needs to be installed. The typical Fire Alarm Company will charge $90 to $140 an hour plus parts and the installation may take as little as 4 hours or as long as multiple weeks to complete the installation. 
Depending on the type of Smoke Detector, it may be as simple as taking down two screws. If in doubt, always best to consult a professional before doing any maintenance or replacements of Fire Alarm devices.
For the installation of a Fire Alarm System, you need a C10 Licensed contractor. This is to ensure that the Fire Alarm System is installed to NFPA 72 standards.
For both hard-wired and interconnected smoke detection systems, you should consult a qualified electrician or Fire Alarm Contractor for installation. It’s always safer and easier to have a trained professional do the job.
It’s important to have enough smoke alarms in your home. Fire research has demonstrated that with today’s modern furnishings, fires can spread much more rapidly than in the past when more natural materials were used.

Here are tips on what not to do on placing smoke alarms: 

  • Don’t install smoke alarms near windows, doors, or ducts where drafts might interfere with their operation.
  • It is best to not have a smoke detector in or next to the Kitchen. Due to smoke while cooking, it may be more prone to false alarms. It is best to install a heat detector in the kitchen area.
  • Never paint smoke alarms. Paint, stickers, or other decorations could keep the alarms from working.

It is best to have a qualified professional to install the Fire Alarm System. This way, it is installed to current NFPA 72 standards.
Fire alarm systems are an essential part of saving lives during an emergency situation. This makes it important to ensure that technicians meet the qualification requirements for servicing fire alarm systems. 

According to NFPA 72, qualified fire alarm service personnel must meet one or more of the following:

  1. Factory trained and certified for the specific type and brand of system serviced.
  2. Certified by a nationally recognized certification organization acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction.
  3. Either individually or through their affiliation with an organization that is registered, licensed, or certified by a state or local authority to perform service on systems addressed within the scope of this code.
  4. Employed and qualified by an organization listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory for the servicing of systems within the scope of this code

Your smoke detector needs to have a distance of 12 inches or 30 cm away from a recessed light to avoid a false reading.
A smoke detector enters a chamber and interrupts an electrical current, which triggers the alarm. Therefore it should be installed no closer than 20 feet from a cooking appliance, and no closer than three feet from a bathroom door.
Yes, most wireless smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are attached securely to the wall or ceiling using screws or adhesive strips. This guide is a generic installation guide for battery operated wireless alarms and it will help you to install a screw fitted smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector. With a sloped ceiling the position of a smoke or heat detector needs to be measured vertically from the peak. Smoke alarms can be installed within 600mm and heat detectors can be installed within 150mm of the peak.

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