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Alarm Maintenance and Cleaning

Follow our guide to basic alarm maintenance

It is important to carry out regular cleaning and alarm maintenance, as this will minimise the risk of nuisance beeps and false alarms and ensure your alarm is able to provide the life-saving protection it is supposed to.

How to clean your alarm

  • Before cleaning, turn off the mains power to the alarm and the green light should go out.
  • With the thin nozzle attachment, vacuum around the vents of the alarm.
  • Using a damp cloth, clean the cover of the alarm, then dry with a lint-free cloth.
  • Turn on the mains power back and ensure the green light is on.

How to check the age of an alarm

All Aico alarms are stamped with their model, age and replace by date to make it as easy for Contractors or Homeowners to maintain and replace our alarms. Look for the ‘Replace By’ label, which can be found on the side of most alarms to find the alarm’s age. If you would like more information on alarm identification, please visit our support page.

How to change the batteries in an alarm from the 140RC Series

Follow this step-by-step guide for the following products: Ei141RC, Ei144RC, Ei146RC.

  • Insert a flat headed screwdriver into the removal slot of the alarm.
  • Slide the alarm away from you and it will come off its base, then replace the battery in the back of the alarm with either a Duracell MN 1604 or Energizer 522 battery.
  • Slide the alarm back on its base.

How often should alarms be tested?

Regular alarm testing is a vital part of ensuring continued fire and carbon monoxide detection. Alarms should be tested monthly.

Press the test button for 10 seconds. The alarm will sound loudly, so that you know the alarm is functioning. Also check all other interconnected alarms on the system sound.

If you are experiencing any issues with your alarms, in the first instance we would recommend cleaning your alarm and replacing the batteries (if applicable). If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact our Technical Team at technical@aico.co.uk.

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