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Question DetailsAsked on 11/5/2014

KAW
How much should it cost to replace 3 interconnected smoke alarms that are already wired to our security system?

One of the alarms has failed and our alarm company gave us a "discounted" quote of $1100 to replace all three. The wiring is already in place and there are no high ceilings or other difficulties. We tried to get an electrician to do it, but he brought the wrong units and then told us to call the alarm company. Right now our whole system is shut off.

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You have discovered the problem with being tied to a particular company - $1100 is plain highway robbery, in my opinion.


A decent alarm costs about $35, and an electrician, with no unusual access issuesto the alarms, should be able to do all three (assuming wiring is not the problem) for about the flat service call fee of $75-150 (except more in a few very high cost big cities). This assumes you have the knowledge or manual to deactivate your system during the changeout.


I am curious why the electrician said to call the alarm company - why could he not have gotten the correct units and come back and installed them ? Or have you buy them and then he comes to install - whcih would be cheaper if you have the time.


The least he should have done was disconnect the bad one from the interconnect system so the other two would work correctly until the bad one was replaced.


Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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Thank you, LCD. You are confirming exactly what I thought. The electrician referred us back to the alarm company because that company would then maintain the entire system. We liked this electrician, but for some reason we can't get him to respond now. Time to find a new electrician. And a new alarm company.

Answered 5 years ago by KAW




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