Smoke Detector and Steam?

Old 06-29-03, 09:54 AM
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Smoke Detector and Steam?

Our house is 23 years old. We have owned it for 6 years.

One detector which is wired into the house has suddenely started ringing when the bathroom steam hits it....

it is located just outside the bathroom door in a small hall.

From what we can determine there is no backup battery in it.

Advice/suggestions appreciated.
Old 06-29-03, 10:09 AM
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It is a well-known problem that steam can cause a false alarm on a smoke detector. This is why smoke detectors should not be installed in or near a bathroom or kitchen. Here are a couple of things you could try:[list=1][*]Replace the smoke detector. They have an expected life of ten years, and you are supposed to replace them every ten years anyway. A new smoke detector might be more immune to this problem.[*]Turn down the hot water and/or use the exhaust fan. All that steam is really bad for your bathroom anyway.[/list=1]

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