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First Alert Plug-in Electrochemical Carbon Monoxide Alarm - $17.50

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Can these detect a gas leak as well? Mainly propane for my use? I assume if I'm burning propane inefficiently it produce I think monoxide but overall it's a clean burn normally. Just wondering what I should consider getting to protect myself and loved ones.
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kanechart wrote: Can these detect a gas leak as well? Mainly propane for my use? I assume if I'm burning propane inefficiently it produce I think monoxide but overall it's a clean burn normally. Just wondering what I should consider getting to protect myself and loved ones.
These are not designed to detect gas leaks, only a build up on carbon monoxide. If you have anything in your house that burns a gas you need a CO detector (and are legally required in many provinces).
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Thanks OP.

Caveat: The comments on the Lowes website seem to indicate that these may have been manufactured in 2015.

FYI, CO detectors manufactured after Aug. 2009 have a programmed termination date of 7 years built in. If they were in fact manufactured in 2015, 3 years of their life have potentially expired already. Another 4 years and it will start beeping annoyingly at 3:00am to let everybody know it has reached the end of its life.
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rayray13 wrote: Thanks OP.

Caveat: The comments on the Lowes website seem to indicate that these may have been manufactured in 2015.

FYI, CO detectors manufactured after Aug. 2009 have a programmed termination date of 7 years built in. If they were in fact manufactured in 2015, 3 years of their life have potentially expired already. Another 4 years and it will start beeping annoyingly at 3:00am to let everybody know it has reached the end of its life.
I'm pretty sure it counts 7 years from the date you plug it in. When i was buying mine a lady was buying a new one as well, she was telling me it started beeping 7 years to the day she bought the last one. Assuming her memory is accurate i doubt she received a model that was manufactured and shipped to the store that she purchased and installed all on the same day.
She was also annoyed with it because of that, no warning, she either had to unplug it till she got a new one or have company over with this loud obnoxious beeping.
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kanechart wrote: Can these detect a gas leak as well? Mainly propane for my use? I assume if I'm burning propane inefficiently it produce I think monoxide but overall it's a clean burn normally. Just wondering what I should consider getting to protect myself and loved ones.
They only detect CO.

The tell tale sign of a gas leak is smell.
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Quentin5 wrote: I'm pretty sure it counts 7 years from the date you plug it in. When i was buying mine a lady was buying a new one as well, she was telling me it started beeping 7 years to the day she bought the last one. Assuming her memory is accurate i doubt she received a model that was manufactured and shipped to the store that she purchased and installed all on the same day.
She was also annoyed with it because of that, no warning, she either had to unplug it till she got a new one or have company over with this loud obnoxious beeping.
It's from date of manufacture. They come pre-stamped with an expiry date.
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hvc wrote: It's from date of manufacture. They come pre-stamped with an expiry date.
Interesting, so they do manufacture, package, get to the store and sell on the same day. Quite the JIT operation :facepalm:
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Quentin5 wrote: Interesting, so they do manufacture, package, get to the store and sell on the same day. Quite the JIT operation :facepalm:
If we go solely based on her memory, I guess so..

Just looked into it and first alert doesn't provide a date and just says from date of install. Hadn't seen that before. :)
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hvc wrote: If we go solely based on her memory, I guess so..
Can you post a picture of this date of expiry?

Edit: Just saw your update:
Just looked into it and first alert doesn't provide a date and just says from date of install. Hadn't seen that before. :)
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Picked up a couple of these today for the parent's place. It was ironic because there was a unit on the shelf, clearly returned, that was beeping every 15 seconds. I had purchased 2 of these units for my place about 3 years ago and one of them had that same issue where it beeped every 15 seconds straight from the box and plugged in. It was a battery issue and exchanged. Both my units have worked fine ever since with yearly checks. At $17.50 and you get a working unit, totally worth it.

Side rant: Lowes had a buy one get one free promo for this unit. I thought, great! It's on sale plus I get one free! The cashier told me though that it works out that if you buy two, it's like getting one free because they're 50% off. So your second one isn't free, but it's "free" because you're buying two units at 50% off. SMH.
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I want an all in one CO, and different gas leak detector.

My Kiddie combo one reached end of life.

Thanks OP anyway
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