Did your AED suddenly go from sitting quietly in its case to making a loud chirping or beeping sound?
Here are the 5 things you need to do if your AED is making noise
- Check the date on your pads. If your pads have expired, they may be too dry to deliver a shock when applied to a victim’s chest. Some AEDs will test and sense the pads are expired and/or they are not usable. The AED will start beeping as a warning that new pads are needed
- Check the date on your battery. All AED batteries need to be replaced, whether or not the unit is used for a rescue. You should always record the date you insert your battery in your machine and note when the battery will need to be replaced. After running their self-tests and detecting a low battery, some AEDs will beep to let you know a new battery is needed.
- Check to make sure your pads are connected. Your AED should always be kept with the pads plugged into the machine. This saves time during the rescue by allowing the rescuer to quickly open the pads and apply them to the patient’s chest. Some AEDs will warn you that you do not have your pads plugged into the AED by beeping.
- Check the environment and storage temperature of the AED. Every AED manual will designate what temperature range is the best to store your AED. Although AEDs are capable of working during a rescue in extreme temperatures, long-term storage of the AED should be within the temperatures advised by the manual. Some AEDs will start beeping when they are stored in temperatures outside the recommendations.
- Call the manufacturer to diagnose internal issues. If you confirm that the pads are plugged in and have not expired and the battery does not need replacing, your AED could have an internal circuitry issue causing it to send the audible chirping noise. If you experience this issue, you will need to call the manufacturer of your AED so they can diagnose the problem.
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