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Old 09-23-2013, 06:41 PM   #1
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On our first trip the carbon monoxide detector started beeping, we put a fresh battery and still beeping. I finally disconnected it. We have a late model 2012.
Any suggestions would greatly be appreciated.
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Old 09-23-2013, 06:55 PM   #2
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On our first trip the carbon monoxide detector started beeping, we put a fresh battery and still beeping. I finally disconnected it. We have a late model 2012.
Any suggestions would greatly be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
A carbon monoxide warning should be taken seriously since this gas can kill you - silently.
Now, don't panic about it since it''s most likely something you've overlooked.....
It can be caused by anything that's burning fossil fuels such as: the generator - if the exhaust is getting inside for some reason; burning the stove without adequate ventilation - you may need a couple of windows or the fan for a good air flow; or the furnace or the water heater (when using the log gas) may have developed a fault causing the gas to enter the cabin.
Try to remember what was running at the time the detector went off.
Let us know your thoughts.
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:08 PM   #3
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Carbon monoxide alarms can be set off by the following:
  • Solvents, including harsh cleaning products - if it makes your nose wrinkle, it can set off the alarm
  • Charging lead batteries, releasing hydrogen - this often happens on boats
  • Engine fumes, not necessarily CO
  • Ammonia, from pet urine
  • Certain cooking smells
  • Dog flatulence or skunk smell

You should never ignore a carbon monoxide alarm. If you're concerned that your alarm is faulty, get known good unit to double check. If both alarms sound, look for and eliminate the source.

CO kills.
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:34 PM   #4
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According to my Airstream Dealer CO detectors should never be ignored but they are touchy and one of the items they end up replacing frequently because of false alarms. I have read elsewhere that CO detectors in the home and elsewhere have limited lifespan and should be replaced every couple of years for safety reasons.
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Old 09-24-2013, 06:17 AM   #5
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thanks for input,
i think it may be a faulty alarm. the propane has been off, generator has been off, no strong fumes from pets or cleaning products. i just ordered a replacement. thanks again.
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It's a combination smoke and CO detector. Anything that could be mistaken for smoke can also set it off. Including hairspray, Lysol disinfectant spray, fumes from Easy Off oven cleaner, steam from a hot shower, anything that makes the air less transparent.
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:52 AM   #7
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I had the same on my early 2013. The dealer told me that there is a problem with some of them and replaced it.
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Old 09-24-2013, 08:01 AM   #8
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Nancy: There is a reset button, which if I recall, you hold it for several seconds and it resets. Thus, you don't have to disconnect (cut) the wires. If it resets and operates properly, then the problem is something else. In my case it was a low propane tank, which the sensor picked up. When I switched to a full tank, and reset the sensor, all was good.

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I had a similar issue on our 2011 model. The pattern of beeps, single and spaced every 10 seconds or so, wasn't listed by the manufacturer as being any of the set alarms. Replacing the battery didn't change it so I replaced the whole alarm; problem solved.
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I still had the manual for my CO2 alarm in my 2008 and the manual says that alarm has a limited lifespan and will chirp when it's usefulness is exhausted. Replace the detector.
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Agree -- just replace the unit. I've had to replace the one in my 2013 Interstate and one in my 3-year old townhome. Nice thing about the residential unit it was guaranteed for 5 year. Not so for the RV units.
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Agreed, just replace it. I had my old brochure and it said mine only had a 5 year life expectancy, it made it but just barely.
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Agreed, just replace it. I had my old brochure and it said mine only had a 5 year life expectancy, it made it but just barely.
In my experience the inexpensive CO detectors sold at big box stores do well to last two years.
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Old 09-26-2013, 06:59 PM   #14
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Thanks for all responses..... My NEW co detector works great.
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