Chirp. Chirp Chirp. The chirp isn't a bad sound when it follows a good night's sleep, heralds the light of a new day, and comes from the beak of a baby bird. But amplify the volume 100-fold, set it to go off at night, and make sure it's emitting from five simultaneous smoke detectors without a wisp of smoke in sight and you have the OTHER kind of chirp. The CHIRP!-CHIRP!-CHIRP! kind of chirp. The kind of chirp that a new battery won't fix. The kind of chirp that comes from having 18-year-old smoke detectors: by the age of 18, those smoke detectors are ready to party...at night when you're trying to sleep. The kind of chirp that mocks you when you discover the same brand of smoke detector has changed its electrical connections in the intervening decades. That's right: you need an electrician, it's Saturday evening, and you'll just have to hope you can keep your sanity until Monday morning, right?
Wrong! It just might be possible that Tom of TAB Electric will save the day. He did for us. Indeed, he and his son listened to my frantic voice message and decided to help someone in need. They gave up their Saturday night and raced to my house. They then raced each faulty smoke detector to their vehicle where the residual-power chirps would bother exactly no one; they wired the connections for each new smoke detector right then and there. A final test of the completed work was administered, my house was safe and sound (and silent!) once again.
Pro-Tip: Change your smoke detectors every ten years. ULTIMATE PRO-TIP: Call Tom at TAB Electric to make sure the job is done right. Like other reviewers state, Tom provides excellent service, fair pricing, and, to top it off, he's a genuinely nice guy. If you have a problem like mine, he'll make sure that the only unnecessary chirp you'll hear for a good long while happens after you've chosen to fill a nearby bird feeder. Thanks, Tom!