Smoke Detectors Frequently Asked Questions

Honeywell 5800COMBO vs 5806W3
The 5800COMBO and the 5806W3 are two life-safety devices. Both are from the Honeywell 5800 Series, and both communicate at a frequency of 345 MHz. However, the 5800COMBO provides smoke, heat and CO detection, while the 5806W3 only provides smoke detection. Learn more about these two sensors.
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How Do I Change the Battery in the 5800COMBO?
The 5800COMBO is powered by four CR123A lithium batteries. To change these batteries, start by removing the device from its back plate. Then replace the old batteries with four new ones. Then reapply the device to the back plate. Learn more about replacing the batteries in a Honeywell 5800COMBO.
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How Do I Change the Batteries on My 5806W3?
To change the battery in a 5806W3 Wireless Smoke Detector, remove the device from its mounting base. Then remove the old battery. Wait 20 seconds for the device to fully power down. Then insert a fresh CR123A lithium battery and reapply the device. Learn more about maintaining a 5806W3.
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How Do I Wire a 2W-B?
The 2W-B is a two wire, photoelectric smoke detector which can be wired in parallel to zone 1 on most Honeywell Vista panels. Because the 2W-B is a normally open, life safety device, an end of line resistor is required for proper operation and supervision. Learn how to wire the 2W-B here.
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Can I Monitor My Existing Smoke Detectors Remotely?
Smoke detectors for a security system can be monitored through Total Connect or Alarm.com. The platform that is used will depend on the type of panel you have.
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How Do I Test My 521BXT Smoke Detector for Proper Function?
To test a 521BXT Smoke Detector for proper function, use canned smoke to test the device's smoke detection and a hair dryer to test its heat detection.
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How Do I Test the ESL 521BXT for Heat Detection?
You can test the heat detection of the 521BXT by using a hair dryer to shoot hot air onto the device. A successful test will be indicated by a loud siren.
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How Do I Clean My ESL 521BXT Smoke and Heat Detector?
You can clean your ESL 521 BXT Smoke and Heat Detector by removing the optical chamber inside the device and removing any dust and dirt that is present.
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How Do I Test the ESL 521BXT for Smoke Detection?
To test a 521BXT for smoke detection, shoot canned smoke into the vents of the device. A loud siren emitting from the detector indicates a successful test.
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How Do I Reset the Polling Loop Smoke Detector on a VISTA 128BPT?
The 5193SD and 5193SDT smoke detectors do not contain sounders. Because of this, a reset is not required after a fire alarm occurs on the Vista 128BPT.
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