So here I am, suffering from the constant drip-drip-drip water torture like chirp of either a dying batter or a dying smoke detector. Apparently, these things don’t last forever and have to be replaced every 7-10 years. Well, all the information I can find on these Kidde 1276 alarms indicate that they start chirping at seven years, but on the device itself it says to replace them after 10 years.
I’m still trying to find out if this is a Kidde-only thing, because I found at least one hate post on them. I figure if I’m going to replace all six of them, I want to pick a brand/model that’s going to last longer if there are any.
Scroll down in that post and you’ll find this gem:
What makes matter worse for me, I have an African Grey parrot that picked up the chirps and the test alarm perfectly, and loves to make the sound. I don’t know what I am hearing is the detector or the parrot. First Alert here I come.
Now that tickled my funny bone. I’m just glad my cat isn’t capable of mimicking the chirping sound.
Update: Another quote from another comment in that post: I’d be better off with a house full of canaries
Oh, and in my case, it doesn’t help that the one that’s chirping is about 20 feet above the floor, and I don’t have a 15ft ladder.