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CO Detectors

Routine Care Task

Replace batteries and clean unit


This task is important for safety reasons. Exposure to a low concentration over several hours can be as dangerous as exposure to high carbon monoxide levels for a few minutes.Newer carbon monoxide detectors can detect both situations.

NOTE: Although carbon monoxide detectors can be used to help alert you to the presence of carbon monoxide, they should not be used as a substitute for proper use and maintenance of your fuel-burning appliances.


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NOTE: The tasks and timings shown here for your CO Detectors are based on a single-family home (owned), located in Massachusetts, United States, with priority set at ‘1 star' or higher, for all possible goals.

If you set your personalization differently in your Home Wizard app, then you may get reminders for different tasks and timings in your recommended home care program for your CO Detectors.

How To

co detectors care Even if the carbon monoxide detector is plugged into an electrical supply, it still likely has a back-up battery that should be replaced.

The detector can be cleaned using a vacuum cleaner to remove cobwebs, and to the extent possible, to also remove dust from the inside of the unit.

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  • Health & Safety
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The benefits of this task are high, in that it helps to ensure the safe operation of your carbon monoxide detectors for protecting you and your home.


The cost of this task is moderate from an investment of time standpoint. It is estimated that this task should only take about 30-60 minutes to complete, depending on the number of spoke detectors in your home. You will need a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment to complete the task.

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