Are you looking for electrical repair in Huntsville, AL or any other electrical service? You can count on Mister Sparky to take care of electrical repair in Huntsville, AL. We also do electrical installation for new home builds and additions. For superior from one of the leading electrical repair companies in the Eastern United States, give us a call today. In this article we will discuss about smoke detectors and if you haven’t already got one or more installed in your home; how to go about installing one.
Smoke detectors are small devices that are typically installed on the ceiling in homes that are used as early warning devices for smoke and fires that may occur in the home. These two hazards can happen at any time, even when you are asleep. Fires and smoke inhalation injure and kill many people every year. When a home has smoke detectors in the home, these tragedies can be avoided. Smoke detectors that are hardwired into the home’s electrical system can be setup so that if one detector goes off, the others in the chain will also. Another feature for these types of smoke detectors is battery backup in the event that there is no electricity.
Installation of Smoke Detectors
Determine the best possible locations for the smoker detectors in your home. Usually you will want to place a smoke detector near areas that could possibly catch on fire, such as near the kitchen and if you have a fireplace, near this also. You will also want smoke detectors in the hallway leading to the bedrooms or if the bedrooms in your home are located in various areas of the home and on different floors then near each bedroom. Once you have located where and have purchased the amount you need, you will need to determine whether you will place them on the ceiling or the walls. If placed on the ceiling, they will typically be mounted 12” below the ceiling. Use a stud finder to locate the wall studs so that the electrical box will not end up on a stud.
Place the electrical box on the wall and use a level to mark the outside of the box with pencil. If you are installing the smoke detectors on the ceiling, locate the joists and cut next to them. Once you are done marking, use a drywall saw to cut the specified hole into the drywall. If you are not familiar or uncertain of what you are doing, considering hiring a company that specializes in electrical installation and electrical repair in Huntsville, AL, such as Mister Sparky.
Installation of Electrical Wiring
Working with electricity is very dangerous. If you do not know your way around electricity then you should hire an electrical company that specializes in installations and electrical repairs in Huntsville, AL to handle the steps going forward.
From the electrical panel or fuse box in the home, run the electrical wires to the location of the home where the smoke detectors will be installed. Do not connect the wires into the electrical panel or fuse box yet! You will use 12-2 NMB with the ground wire, giving you a hot, neutral and ground wire. Make sure that you mark the hot wire before you run the wire. Next, run a 12-3 NMB wire with the ground wire from the first box to the second location. If you are installing more than two boxes, then run a 12-3 NMB electrical wire with a ground wire to each of these locations too. If you are not familiar and need help use a professional company that specializes in installations and electrical repairs in Huntsville, AL.
Connecting it all Together
Starting with the first box, connect the two black electrical wires and add the black wire from the smoker detectors connection also. Next, tie all of the white electrical wires together. Then, tie the bare copper ground wires together and run a pigtail to bond it to the electrical box. Next, connect the red write to the interconnect wire from the smoke detector. This wire will typically be marked and will most likely be a yellow wire. Finally, make each connection with a wire nut that is big enough to shroud all exposed wires.
Installation of the Mount Brackets, Smoke Detector Feed & Battery
Install the mounting brackets over the box openings and align these with the two holes. Ensure that the wire connections are being fed through the center hole of the bracket. Next, install the correct sized screws and tighten the mounting bracket. On the back of the smoke detector, where the plug that you just wired is located, is a three-pronged connection. This is where you will attach the smoke detector; it is configured in such a way that you will only be able to plug it in one way. Finally, open the cover on the back of the smoke detector where the battery will be installed. Ensure that when you place the battery inside that it is correctly positioned with negative to negative and positive to positive. Once installed, replace the cover.
Connecting the Smoke Detector to the Base & the Feed Side Wire
With smoke detector in hand, align the slots on the back of the smoke detector with the notches on the base. Slowly twist the smoke detector until it locks into place. Inspect the unit to ensure that both sides are secured.
Go back to the electrical panel box or fuse box to do the final touches. Once again if you do not know your way around electricity, you should not be doing this. Get in touch with a professional company that specializes in electrical installation and electrical repairs in Huntsville, AL to assist you.
Next, turn off the 20-amp breaker or fuse that will be connected to the smoke alarm(s). Strip the end of the NMB wire and connect the ground wire to the ground buss. Finally, connect the white wire to the neutral buss. Once again inspect the breaker and make sure it is off and then connect the black wire to the 20-amp breaker or fuse. Mark the panel schedule to the breaker you connected the smoke detector(s) to. If there is no spare breaker, either add a breaker or connecting to an existing circuit that does not have much connected to it already.
Replace the panel cover and turn on the breaker that the smoke detector(s) are connected to. When you turn on a breaker you should always step to the left or right of the panel and never look directly at it when flipping a breaker. Go to smoke detector(s) in the home and push and hold the test buttons for a few seconds until the alarm goes off. Have a helper go to the other smoke detectors in the home to make sure that they are going off also.
Finally, remember to always replace the batteries once a year. Mark your calendar or set up an alert in your smart phone to remind you. While you’re at it, mark your calendar and set up an alert every few months to test the devices to make sure they are working also. If you need help with electrical installations or electrical repairs in Huntsville, AL, give Mister Sparky a call.
About Mister Sparky in Huntsville, Alabama
Mister Sparky was founded in Atlanta, Georgia in 1996. The original location in Atlanta, Georgia is now one of the leading residential electrical service and repair companies in the entire Eastern United States and is also one of the biggest nationwide. Mister Sparky has a superior record for delivering fast, on-time service, accurate upfront pricing with an overall professional and pleasant experience for customers who are looking for electrical repair in Huntsville, AL and surrounding areas.
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