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Old 09-13-2016, 07:10 AM   #1
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Carbon monoxide/dioxide alarm

For some reason my carbor dioxide/monoxide alarm started going off. I had to disconnect the battery to get it to stop. The trailer is just parked in the driveway with no propane bottles on. I was late for work and it was dark out so disconnecting the battery was the quickest solution. Is there a way to fix this when I reconnect the battery if the alarm is still going off. Thanks. I don't believe it runs off a small battery like the smoke alarm does

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Old 09-13-2016, 08:28 AM   #2
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It's just a carbon MONOxide detector, no such thing as a carbon DIoxide detector in RVs. If there was, it would be going off every time you open a pop can or exhale. Carbon dioxide makes your drinks fizzy, carbon monoxide will kill you. Yours is probably a combination CO/Propane detector, and is hard wired into the trailer's 12 volt system.

These devices have set life-spans, something like 5 years or so. If it goes off without any known reason, it's probably time to replace it. There's a date on the back, "Replace by XXXX". Your local RV dealer will have the needed parts, and swapping it out is easy if you're halfway handy.

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What year is your unit? A permanent disconnect is not a good idea. Those alarms are on a 5 @ 6 year replacement. Something did set it off or a faulty unit. Then just replace it or if under warranty contact your dealer.
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Old 09-13-2016, 09:15 AM   #4
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Low battery will also set the little buggers off. You said the RV was in your driveway, but was it on shore power too?
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IF you remove the unit, the mfr puts a replacement date on the back of the unit. At least mine had a date on it. Only made it 4 years of the designed 5 years... I should have sent it back for a warranty replacement.

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Old 09-13-2016, 09:34 AM   #6
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Please replace all smoke alarms, propane gas alarms, and carbon monoxide detectors in your RV every 5-7 years.

P.S. That goes for your stick and brick home as well.
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Old 09-13-2016, 06:43 PM   #7
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It was plugged in so I don't think low battery is the issue. The rv is 10 years old so probably need a new one. I'll go take a look when I get some time. THanks
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Old 09-13-2016, 07:12 PM   #8
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I thought it was plugged in but now I'm not so sure. It was not plugged into my house. Not sure how long it has been unplugged. I took it out and found date of February 2006. That was the manufacture date. I reconnected the battery and plugged it in to the house and it's not gking off. Hopefully it was just a really low battery. Although I should replace it anyhow. Thanks. You sparwood guys are smarter than you look. (Coming from a cranbrook guy) 😁
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Old 09-13-2016, 08:23 PM   #9
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I just went thru this last May, the carbon Monoxide detector has a life span of 5-6 years. Easy to replace.
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I know that the new Smoke Detectors come with a 5 yr battery/life, I have one in our RV.
But Carbon Monoxide, I don't know, does it have to be connected to the house battery for some reason. My house battery is usually dead. Or does it also come with a 5-yr battery?

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