How To Install A Carbon Monoxide Detector

What You'll Need
Drywall anchors and screws
Carbon monoxide detector
Drywall Punch

A carbon monoxide detector is used for the detection of carbon fumes from a possible gas leak. Installing a carbon monoxide detector is not a difficult task. There are models that you can just plug into the wall, models that you hang on the wall and use batteries and models that you can create a live feed through your security system. The AC plug in model and the model that you plug into your security system all have constant power to them and the battery powered unit will need to have its batteries changed yearly. This is important when choosing which model you want to use. For this article we will be installing the battery operated model.

Step 1: Location

Determine the location of the detector. It should not be too close to gas appliances because this could give false readings. It is recommended that you place one outside of the bedrooms and be sure to place it high on the wall. This is where carbon monoxide will collect, as the gas rises.

Step 2: Mark It

Use the removable mounting bracket on the detector to mark where the screws need to be placed. Use the pencil to mark the points that will need to be punched for the drywall anchors.

Step 3: Drywall Screws

Use the punch to make the holes for the drywall anchors. Do not make the holes too big or your anchors will slide through instead of being snug in the drywall.

Step 4: Attach The Bracket

Align the bracket with the drywall anchors and attach it to the wall with the screws. It should be snug against the wall and should allow for the twisting that it takes to get the unit off and on for installation and battery changes. This is why drywall anchors should not be skipped. You will be handling it more than once and you do not want the unit to fall off.

Step 5: Insert Batteries

Insert the batteries into the carbon monoxide detector. Make certain that they are long life batteries and are new. They will last at least a year inside the detector.

Step 6: Mount It

Mount the detector on the mounting bracket. You will align the holes with the raised plastic pieces and twist it until it locks. It can sometimes be a bit tricky, using a ladder so that you can see behind the unit better will help.

Step 7: Test It

You always want to test the unit after you install it or after a battery change. There is a test button on the front of the unit that will beep if the unit is working correctly. Refer to your owner’s manual to find how to test your particular model.

A carbon monoxide detector is a necessity for any home with gas powered appliances or attached garages. The risk associated with carbon monoxide poisoning increases in these homes. By properly installing your detector you will be keeping the residence safe from possible poisoning.