Challenge: What is the best replacement hard wired smoke detector?
October 6-13 is Fire Prevention Week, and September was preparedness month. I was doing a bit of research and discovered that all smoke detectors (including those hard wired) need to be replaced every 7-10 years. Combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors (and plain carbon monoxide detectors) must be replaced every 5 years. I don't know when the smoke detectors in my house were replaced, but I think never (it was built in 1999). So it's time.
The OEM detectors are cheapo BRK, and have that pigtail connector. Bonus if I don't have to change that out (not that it's hard, I just don't want to have to try and isolate each and every one on it's breaker). The detectors are interconnected (all but one, anyway) so that is also mandatory. I was looking at both First Alert and Kidde, but they both have very mixed reviews: some customers had no problems, others reported nightmares.
Has anybody gone through this? What worked for you