Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 59
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by TileToolJim 120V W/ 9V Back-up with Easy Install Wire Harness
Needed to replace an old unit. This was very easy to install. Simply mount the plate on the electrical box and then hook up the wire harness. Plug the wire harness into the unit and a slight turn attaches it to the mounting plate. Not only is this 120Volt that can be wired in sequence with other units, but it also has a 9 volt battery back-up. The ease of mounting and the wire harness will make it quick and easy to replace the battery as well. It also looks nice on the ceiling.
June 14, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by YYZ Junk
Gave false alarms after only three months. Don't recommend this product unless you want to be alarmed in the middle of the night.
February 27, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by hooksetttechdude Nice replacement sensor
The old sensor was queuing false alarms and this one did the trick. Easy to install.
January 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Handyman1 Great product for replacing contractor/builder 10 yr old plus detectors
easy to install and just what I wanted to replace 10yr old plus detectors that were only ionization only. This detector porovides ionization, photoelectric sensors plus battery back up.
June 10, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Mrbrush overly sensitive smoke detector senors
Don't put in kitchen... Just using the toaster sets it off (and it was'nt burnt toast)...switched it with the one in the bedroom... Toaster doesn't set that one off
January 2, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Ripzip Easy Install
Cannot speak if it works or not hopefully I never find out. Buying a couple more and I will have all of my detectors replaced.
December 29, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by DiyMan False Alarms after 18 months
Started giving false alarms after 18 months despite cleaning it with compressed air for electronics. Supposed to last 10 years.
December 15, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by pburk Convenient but getting too expensive
This smoke detector is one of a line of products made by KIDDE. It includes dual methods of detecting fire. It is intended to be hardwired to an electrical circuit and connected with other similar devices so that if any alarm triggers, all the connected alarms will sound.
The unit I recently purchased was a replacement unit. My observations about the 15 detectors I have in my house follow:
1) Follow your local fire codes for type of unit (Photoelectric Only or Dual) and placement.
2) Don't drop any units. Dropping them damages them in a way that makes them extremely sensitive and they will trigger unexpectedly and for no apparent reason. Don't install it after you drop it - you need to buy a new one.
3) The current models are supposed to be less sensitive to common sources of smoke & steam (cigarettes, candles, toaster, shower, etc.) but smoke from a dirty oven, burning toast or steam from the shower will surely set the alarm off. I shut the door to the kitchen when cooking and the bathroom when showering to prevent nuisance alarms.
4) To find the triggered unit you have to find the one that is flashing red and press then release the hush button on that unit to stop all the alarms from sounding. For me that means quickly traversing 4 floors of rooms to find the triggering unit. I would have to do that anyway if there really was a fire but the piercing alarms really hurt the eardrums. If I knew which unit was triggered I could go directly to that unit. Of course the closer to the unit you get the louder the noise is. I keep earplugs bedside so I can protect my hearing if the alarm triggers. I keep the fire extinguisher close to the stairway I take to inspect the units.
5) Once you find the unit - if it has a good reason for triggering (smoke) then air out the room. You can hush for 10 minutes at a time. If it triggered because of steam or other reason then consider that you might have the wrong type of unit (dual) or have mis-positioned the unit. This will be a problem on a hard-wired circuit as repositioning the wiring will not be inexpensive. If there is no good reason for the unit to be triggering - then hush it and see what happens in 10 minutes. Keep track of the unit into the future and if it triggers again for no good reason then consider replacing it (2 nuisance alarms is my limit). The support service will tell you to blow out the unit with air as dust/insects can accumulate inside. That advice was helpful for 1 of my units.
6) KIDDE has changed the designs of their various units over time and it is very confusing to try to find the compatible unit. They also keep changing their box labels. Read the box carefully! Be careful if you need a DUAL that you get Photoelectric plus Ionization (not smoke plus Carbon Monoxide).
7) Teach everyone in your house what you want them to do if the alarm goes off. Its a terrific idea to have an escape plan and perform regular evacuations when you test your alarms. This sounds easy but if you have renters it is not very simple to arrange this event or to get them to understand the flashing of the triggered alarm. You'll have to establish with them who will hush the alarm if there is no fire/smoke.
8) The Hush and Test buttons are quite confusing. They are labeled however you cannot see the labels in the dark. As the model designs change the button functions have also changed so that a test button on one unit is the hush button on another unit. These buttons also sometime have LED lights to perform other functions for you. Keeping the various models in mind is difficult.
9) In all my 15 units are now performing well (they are quiet) after I replaced the 3 faulty ones that someone had dropped. I sleep better knowing that I am compliant with the fire codes and have a means to be informed about fire anywhere in the house no matter where I am in the house.
10) These units are getting quite expensive ! There are separate codes for Carbon Monoxide detection and in the state of MA I'm required to have an independent detector on each floor within each living unit. KIDDEs new model plugs into a wall outlet but it is $53 per unit. Wish they'd consolidate with the existing alarms but I'm guessing they are supplying various products demanded by the codes and so are not able to do that.
December 29, 2015