Do you have a question about your alarm? Click on the sections below to find the answer.
Performing a regular test is a vital part of ensuring continued Fire and Carbon Monoxide detection. Alarms should be tested monthly to ensure everything is working correctly.
Direct test from the alarm:
Using a control switch:
Never ignore a beeping alarm, as it is a warning sign of either a danger in the home or that an alarm needs maintenance.
A smoke or heat alarm is emitting a full alarm sound:
If the alarms are sounding, there may be a fire present. You should evacuate the property and be absolutely sure there is no fire before returning. If in doubt, always assume there is a real fire present and take the necessary action.
If there is no fire present:
Regular single beep from a smoke or heat alarm:
Irregular beep from a smoke or heat alarm:
A Carbon Monoxide alarm is sounding:
Regular single beep or irregular beep from a Carbon Monoxide alarm:
There are two different types of batteries used as battery back-ups in our mains powered smoke and heat alarms. Many of these are sealed in lithium cells, that last the 10-year life of the alarms. Our 140RC range contains a 9V Alkaline battery as it’s back up power supply and this will need changing across the life span of the alarm.
You will know when you need to change the battery, as you will hear a single regular beep (low battery warning) coming from the alarm, however it is recommended that you change the battery every year.
How to change the battery in 140RC Series Alarms:
This is relevant for the following products – Ei141RC, Ei144RC, Ei146RC.
Most of our alarms have a 10-year life, after which they should be replaced to ensure you carry on getting the best protection.
Checking the date-code label:
All Aico alarms have a date-code label on the side of them which tells you exactly when the alarm was made and also the recommended replacement date.
The four-digit code shows you the year and week that the alarm was made. The first two digits relate to the year and the second two digits relate to the week.
Above this is the ‘Replace By’ date, but note that the date on the label shows the maximum life of the alarm and alarms should always be replaced before their life is up.
Replacing your alarm:
If your alarm is coming up to its replace by date, it should be replaced. The first step is to find out the model number of the alarm that you have installed. Once you know the model number for the alarm that you need to replace, you can use the ‘where to buy section’ to find the details of your nearest stockist who will be able to provide a replacement alarm.
Alarm identification can sometimes be difficult as some alarms can look quite similar, but there are a few ways that you can tell them apart. We have also highlighted a few of the most popular products.
The model number of each alarm and accessory is noted on the side of the product, along with the age and replace by date. You can type this number into the search bar above to find out all the details of your alarm.
Identification by Range
All alarms within the 3000 Series are mains powered with 10-year rechargeable lithium cell back-up and fit onto easi-fit bases. All 3000 Series alarms are compatible with SmartLINK using the Ei3000MRF SmartLINK modules. 3000 Series alarms can be identified by the three indicator lights and AudioLINK symbol.
Which 3000 Series Alarm do I have?
Single Sensor Smoke & Heat Alarms
These alarm are mains powered with differing types of battery back-up. There are three different alarm designs.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms
These alarms are currently a different shape to Smoke and Heat alarms making them easier to identify.
Mains Powered Carbon Monoxide Alarms – The Ei261ENRC and Ei262 alarms are mains powered, with a 10-year rechargeable lithium cell back up and contain AudioLINK data extraction technology. The Ei261ENRC is a standalone unit, whilst the Ei262 is compatible with RadioLINK.
Battery Powered Carbon Monoxide Alarms – The Ei208 and Ei208W alarms contain a sealed in 10-year life lithium cell and have built-in AudioLINK data extraction technology. The Ei208 is a standalone unit, whilst the Ei208W is upgradeable to RadioLINK+ with a Ei200MRF module. Also available in this range is the Ei208WRF with built-in RadioLINK+.
Which module do I have?
This step by step guide will show you how to replace and remove the existing alarm heads in a property. If you have an easi-fit base fitted, all you need to do is replace the alarm as there is no need to remove or re-wire the base.
All our mains powered smoke and heat alarms will fit on the easi-fit bases including the Multi-Sensor Fire Alarm Ei2110e, 160e Series and 140RC Series, making it easier and quicker for new alarms to be installed.
If you are not able or comfortable replacing your alarm yourself, use an Aico Expert Installer – these are Contractors that have been trained by us in the selection and installation of Aico products. You can find your nearest Expert Installer through our website search.