Carbon Monoxide Detector

This isn't a funny
While I have been on HUKD this morning, my carbon monoxide detector was bleeping (and annoying me). It is one of those that says, "Battery cannot be replaced. Dispose of safely. This cover cannot be replaced once removed." Guess what? Removed cover and found three Eveready standard AAA batteries, put new ones in, replaced cover, and it works perfectly. Don't you hate lying companies?
Just in case you have one, at least give it a go. Mine would have gone to the recycling dump if I had not.

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Out of interest how old was it, my alarm has a sticker on it that says "Replace Unit by see inside lid September 2012"

Mine is same as this
http://www.vhsdirect.co.uk/images/site_images/SF%20Detection%20Carb%20Mono%20Detector%20A.jpg

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i have just brought one of these, yes i know i should have had one years ago, mine is supposed to last 5 years

timber;1672281

Out of interest how old was it, my alarm has a sticker on it that says … Out of interest how old was it, my alarm has a sticker on it that says "Replace Unit by see inside lid September 2012" Mine is same as this



sassie;1672282

i have just brought one of these, yes i know i should have had one years … i have just brought one of these, yes i know i should have had one years ago, mine is supposed to last 5 years



Where did you guys get these?

I have standard smoke alarms as supplied when we bought the house 5yrs ago, so I don't imagine mine will detect C.M.

Thanks

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timber;1672281

Out of interest how old was it, my alarm has a sticker on it that says … Out of interest how old was it, my alarm has a sticker on it that says "Replace Unit by see inside lid September 2012" Mine is same as this



Yes, virtually the same.

super markets have loads and wilkos have a good deal you get a free fire alarm with all of their monoxide detectors

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sassie;1672334

i purchased mine by phone from british gas … i purchased mine by phone from british gas £22-99http://www.britishgas.co.uk/products-and-services/energy/gas-safety/carbon-monoxide.html?WT.seg_3=



This is about the normal price. I got mine from an eBay company about three years ago for £15.00

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i got the one from BG as its a five year guarentee

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sassie;1672512

i got the one from BG as its a five year guarentee



Probably safer to do so. Mine came with a 5yr guarantee too, but I doubt the company will honour it. Still at least its back up and running, and pleased to find that the battery can be replaced.

lloyds pharmacys have them for 9.99 well worth picking up

Predikuesi;1672332

Yes, virtually the same.



The batteries should last for the life of the unit ( Hence the do not open battery cover) which if the same as this model is 5 Years, if yours has only lasted a significantly shorter time and the unit has been used as expected then something is wrong with it

But won’t it be lots of hassle to install?Not at all! It’s a portable uni … But won’t it be lots of hassle to install?Not at all! It’s a portable unit that runs on batteries, so you don’t have to fix it to the wall or ceiling. You can even take it with you if you move house or go on holiday. And it comes with a 5-year manafacturer's guarantee, so there’s no maintenance to worry about.

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timber;1672597

The batteries should last for the life of the unit ( Hence the do not … The batteries should last for the life of the unit ( Hence the do not open battery cover) which if the same as this model is 5 Years, if yours has only lasted a significantly shorter time and the unit has been used as expected then something is wrong with it



It went off a few times after I had the chimney cleaned a year or so ago. Soot must have caused fumes after gas fire was refitted.
It is working perfectly now it has new batteries installed.

We got a new one sent through the post for free after sending our old one back, because it was still under guarantee, and is is similar to picutres above

Be careful as the effectiveness of these degrades with time, that’s why you are advised to replace them, most have a “not to use by date” on them.

To reiterate what has been said before, the sensor degrades over time and as the sensor cannot be user replaced then the unit should be replaced at the end of the sensor life. Fire alarms should be replaced after 10 years and carbon monoxide after 5 years.
It is not a "good deal" to just replace the batteries, if it fails the consequences don't bear thing about.

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I have just had two new fire alarms put in by the fire service, no charge to anyone. These have a battery life of 10 years and a carbon monoxide detectore at £30 that has a battery life of years, so realistically it is gonna cost me £6 per year to keep my family safe from fire or carbon monoxide poisoning

Guess what? Removed cover and found three Eveready standard AAA … Guess what? Removed cover and found three Eveready standard AAA batteries, put new ones in, replaced cover, and it works perfectly. Don't you hate lying companies?Just in case you have one, at least give it a go. Mine would have gone to the recycling dump if I had not.


Hi,
Hope it stays working, the only time I had 1 of this model was in the last flat we rented, I too replaced the batteries myself but they only lasted a week or 2, tried it again, same result maybe was just degraded, just thought I'd say.
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