Security & Fire Protection Systems/Kidde 1276 chirping

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Kevin Keller wrote at 2008-08-16 04:52:29
I'm posting this at 1am because I just had a similar issue.  My alarm started going off for no apparent reason.  I replaced all the batteries (probably overdue anyway), and was still having the issue.  Finally I reset them all, and after chirping for a few minutes (the manual says chirping will continue intermittently for 7 minutes), it seems to have abated the problem.  It's been 20 minutes since and nothing more has happened, save for me not being able to sleep now.


Dick Tucker wrote at 2011-09-17 18:35:20
It has been acknowledged that the Kidde 1276 is poorly designed and troublesome.  I replaced mine with a FIRST ALERT Model SA9120BPCN, bought at Lowe's for $15.00.  The package label says, "NO rewiring-adapter plugs included."  After you unplug the Kidde unit and remove the Kidde mounting plate(simply loosen two screws) and replace it with the First Alert plate(tighten those screws. Then you plug the First Alert adapter into the wire already hanging from your ceiling. Then plug the other end of the adapter into the First Alert detector unit. Next, REVERSE the battery that comes with the unit and close the hatch..the red indicator light should go on.  Push the test button and the alarm will go off if everything is connected OK. Caution...the alarm is LOUD so don't get too close to it. Finally, tuck in the wires and screw the detector unit into the mounting plate and you're done.  About 10-15 minutes to do this.


Dick Tucker wrote at 2011-09-17 18:35:35
It has been acknowledged that the Kidde 1276 is poorly designed and troublesome.  I replaced mine with a FIRST ALERT Model SA9120BPCN, bought at Lowe's for $15.00.  The package label says, "NO rewiring-adapter plugs included."  After you unplug the Kidde unit and remove the Kidde mounting plate(simply loosen two screws) and replace it with the First Alert plate(tighten those screws. Then you plug the First Alert adapter into the wire already hanging from your ceiling. Then plug the other end of the adapter into the First Alert detector unit. Next, REVERSE the battery that comes with the unit and close the hatch..the red indicator light should go on.  Push the test button and the alarm will go off if everything is connected OK. Caution...the alarm is LOUD so don't get too close to it. Finally, tuck in the wires and screw the detector unit into the mounting plate and you're done.  About 10-15 minutes to do this.


Jim wrote at 2015-10-05 14:09:30
I unplugged the ac power from my smoke detector, removed the battery, held test button for 5 seconds which discharged power memory. Then, I installed new battery, reattached ac power. Did this MULTIPLE times, and smoke detector chirps every 9 hours exactly, not 8.5 or 9.5, but every 9 hours on the dot it chirps once every 30 seconds or so. Every 9 hours I press the hush/test button and it becomes quiet for another 9 hours. Been doing this for a week now. Kidde detectors are 1.5 years old. We have 7 in the house and 3 of those are doing this every 9 hours. HELP !!!!!!


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