Yale Wireless Smoke Alarm Detector Problems

Updated February 21, 2017

A Yale wireless smoke alarm is designed to communicate with a security system without any wires having to be connected in between. The detector can develop problems that result in false alarms and inconsistent performance. You can troubleshoot the problems that could be causing the Yale wireless smoke detector to not communicate properly with the security system. Neither the Yale wireless smoke detector nor the security system will be negatively affected by your trying to solve the problem.

Locate the nearest heating vent that is across from the Yale wireless smoke alarm detector. Tape a sheet of printing paper to the front top edge of the Yale wireless smoke alarm detector with a strip of cellophane tape. Rotate the thermostat dial to turn the heat and fan motor on. If the printing paper flutters, the heat that is being wafted from the heating vent is fooling the Yale wireless smoke alarm detector into thinking there is a problem. Remove the printing paper and rotate the thermostat dial in the opposite direction to turn the heat and fan off. Adjust the vent slats on the heating vent so that the air no longer blows at the detector.

Twist the front of the smoke alarm detector counter-clockwise to remove it from the base secured to the wall or ceiling. Check that the "tamper" switch lying on the battery compartment inside the detector is in its normal closed position. Open the compartment lid and remove the batteries. Insert a pair of fresh, compatible batteries into the battery compartment and replace the lid. Twist the detector back on the base. Press the "Reset" button on the side of the detector. A series of beeps continuously being emitted by the Yale wireless smoke alarm detector means that the internal battery backup has run low on power and must be replaced.

Draw an imaginary line from the front of the Yale wireless smoke alarm detector and the nearest window. False alarms can be caused by actions going on outside the window if the front of the detector is aimed directly at the window. Disassemble the Yale's wiring and bracket and reassemble the detector at a new location where it's no longer aimed at the window.

Things You'll Need

  • Printing paper
  • Cellophane tape
  • AA alkaline batteries
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Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology maven with more than 15 years of editorial experience. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts, his editorial work has appeared both domestically as well as internationally in publications such as "Home Theater," "Electronic House," "eGear," "Computer and Video Games" and "Digitrends."