Troubleshooting Smoke Alarms: A Guide to Fixing Your Clipsal Smoke Alarms

Isaac Jamieson
A group of smoke detectors on a white background.

Smoke alarms are an essential safety feature in every home. Throughout the years, we have received many phone calls from distressed Sunshine Coast homeowners whose smoke alarms are all going off at the same time. Not only is it hard to hear them, but the noise adds to their stress in trying to rectify the issue. Like any electronic device, smoke alarms can malfunction or go off for no apparent reason. With all smoke alarms installed, there should be always a manual, but let’s be honest: Most people don’t bother reading them. If you’re one of those people, don’t worry – I will guide you through troubleshooting your Clipsal smoke alarms to isolate, locate, and stop them from going off.

Step 1: Identify the Smoke Alarm

The first step in troubleshooting your Clipsal smoke alarm is to identify which one is causing the problem. For example, if you have multiple smoke alarms in your home, it can be challenging to determine which one is going off. The easiest way to identify the smoke alarm is to look for the one with the flashing red light. Once you have identified the smoke alarm, you can move on to the next step.

Step 2: Isolate the Smoke Alarm

The next step is to isolate the smoke alarm. This means pressing the ‘Test / Hush’ button for 3 seconds so it stops making noise. If this doesn’t work out, locate the circuit breaker that controls the smoke alarm and switch it off. You can also remove the battery from the smoke alarm if it is not hardwired.

Step 3: Clean the Smoke Alarm

Smoke alarms can go off if they are dirty or dusty. Cleaning the smoke alarm can often solve the problem. Use a soft brush or vacuum cleaner to remove dust or debris from the smoke alarm. Be careful not to damage the smoke alarm while cleaning it.

Step 4: Check the Batteries

If your smoke alarm is battery-powered, the batteries may be the problem. Check the batteries to make sure they are not dead or low. If the batteries are low, replace them with fresh ones. It is also a good idea to replace the batteries in your smoke alarms once a year, even if they are not low.

Step 5: Test the Smoke Alarm

Once you have cleaned the smoke alarm and checked the batteries, it’s time to test the smoke alarm. Turn the power back on to the smoke alarm, and press the test button. If the smoke alarm beeps, it is working correctly. If it does not beep, repeat the cleaning and battery checks until it does.


Smoke alarms are an essential safety feature in your home, but they can be a nuisance if they go off for no apparent reason. By following these troubleshooting steps, you can isolate, locate, and stop your Clipsal smoke alarms from going off. Remember to test your smoke alarms regularly to ensure they are working correctly and keep your family safe. 

Smoke Alarm Testing & Installation Services On the Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast residents can rest assured that their homes are safe with our smoke alarm installation services. Our team of experienced and certified electricians will install your smoke alarms according to the highest standards and regulations, ensuring that your home is protected in case of a fire. We also offer a free consultation to assess your individual needs and recommend the best type of smoke alarm for your home. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

A man in a black shirt standing in front of a van.

About Isaac Jamieson

Electrician, and refrigeration mechanic with over 12 years of experience, Isaac is the founder, director and driving force behind Tenmen Electrical.

Book an onsite Energy Audit and lower your bills by up to 80%

Electricity costs are going up. Are you feeling the squeeze?

Our Energy Audit offers budget-friendly solutions to save money without sacrificing comfort. We will assess your energy usage, identify areas of inefficiency, and offer tailored recommendations for optimising energy consumption.

From suppliers to lighting, HVAC, hot water, solar, and pools, we provide numerous money-saving options while keeping your home cozy.

Learn more
An electrician using a tablet in front of an electrical panel on the Sunshine Coast.

Keep reading

Trust Tenmen for All Your Electrical, Solar, and Air Conditioning Needs


  • Punctuality and courtesy
  • Professionalism and cleanliness
  • Quality and meticulous workmanship
  • Transparent and competitive pricing
  • 100% satisfaction guaranteed and peace of mind

Get in touch with us today!

Contact Form
Two Tenmen Electrical vans parked in front of a building.