Testing Your Smoke Detectors
9 December 2014

Testing Your Smoke Detectors

In order to make sure your ADS monitored smoke detectors are functioning properly, we recommend testing them once per year. Please call the ADS Monitoring Center at 1.800.866.6486 and ask them to put your system in TEST mode prior to any testing. You may test the functionality of your smoke detectors one of two ways:

  1. Switch Test (located on the smoke detector)
  2. Smoke Entry Test (requires HSI canned smoke which can be purchased at your local hardware store)

Please choose your testing method and follow the appropriate instructions below.

Note: These test instructions apply to ADS monitored smoke detectors typically installed in homes after 2005 (model Honeywell 5808W3). If your detectors were installed prior to 2005, or you are unsure of the model, please call yourlocal branch for testing instructions.

Switch Test

  1. Call the ADS Monitoring Center at 1.800.866.6486 and ask them to put your system in TEST mode.
  2. Locate the small recessed test switch on the detector housing.
  3. Use a small screwdriver or allen key with maximum diameter of 0.18 inch to push and hold the recessed test switch for a minimum of 5 seconds.
  4. The alarm panel will trigger and the smoke detector alarm will sound if functioning properly.
  5. Remove the tool from the recessed switch to shut the sounder off.
  6. Call the ADS Monitoring Center back to confirm they received the test alarm signal to ensure system communication.
  7. Once signal is confirmed, ask the ADS Monitoring Center to take your system off of TEST mode.

Smoke Entry Test

  1. Have your HSI canned smoke ready.
  2. Call the ADS Monitoring Center at 1.800.866.6486 and ask them to put your system in TEST mode.
  3. From a distance of 2 to 4 ft. (.6-1.2m) aim spray for 1-2 seconds at the vents or side of the detector.
  4. Alarm will sound within 1-10 seconds if the detector is functioning properly.
  5. Call the ADS Monitoring Center back to confirm they received the test alarm signal to ensure system communication.
  6. Once the signal is confirmed, ask the ADS Monitoring Center to take your system off of TEST mode.
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