Remember my carbon monoxide alarm debacle from last summer? After that, I went out and dropped some serious dollars on fancy alarms. A carbon monoxide one for the main level of the house and a combo carbon monoxide/ explosive gas one for the basement.
Here’s the thing: we don’t have gas in the house. Getting a line run is a down-the-line project, so I thought I’d be proactive and get the alarm now.
During the power outage, the battery backups in both died. We stole a battery out of one of the smoke detectors to keep the carbon monoxide one going – just in case the generator happened to be getting fumes in the house or something.
My project for the afternoon was to track down new 9-volts to replace the batteries in all of the alarms. (Which ended up costing nearly $30! I had no idea they were so expensive!)
I popped the battery into the carbon monoxide alarm – it beeped a few times and then was happy so I put it back in it’s home. For the combo alarm, I popped the battery in, it beeped a few times like the other one and then started flashing GAS and going off really loudly. I ripped the battery out and took it upstairs, tried it again and had the same result.
Total flashback to last year.
I called Mark and he was just about to leave work so I decided to just wait outside for him to get here. He suggested that I bring the alarm outside and try again, which I did with the same results.
At this point, I was pretty damn sure it was the alarm, not an actual gas leak because a) being out in the open shouldn’t give you a gas reading and b) WE DON’T HAVE GAS.
When Mark got home he tried it again and had the same reaction as me – ripped the battery right out when it started going crazy. We tried everything we could thing of – we vacuumed it, air blasted it. I even shook the hell out of the damn thing.
So, Mark did the smart thing and pulled out the instructions. And you know what? That’s the normal reset procedure. My mind is still kind of boggled that I’m supposed to let it scream for 30 seconds while telling me it’s detecting gas and carbon monoxide. Seriously, who comes up with these things?
I swear, these damn alarms cause me so much anxiety and it’s always for naught. Someone really needs to design an alarm that’s effective but much, much more user friendly.