What On Earth Is That Beeping Sound?

We’ve had a little problem here for nearly two days now. A beeping problem. What on earth is that beeping sound?

And it is driving these poor dogs crazy. 

abi scared of the beeping sound

Not a couple of beeps, so that I could rush through the house and try to isolate it. Just an occasional “beep.” With no exact timing in between beeps.

This morning I did my yoga stretching on my mat with a terrified Abi curled around my head because of this noise.

Then I let the dogs outside.

Abi is always the first to want back in. But this time I had to go hunt her down. She didn’t want to come into the house because of the beeping sound.

Charlie hearing something outside

Is The Sound Coming From The Smoke Detector?

My first thought, early yesterday morning, was that it was the smoke detector. So I took it down. I took the battery out, put a new one in. Put it back up. 

Heard another beep. So I climbed up the step ladder and took the darned thing back down. 

I don’t even know how many times I did that. Now it is down. I even took a screwdriver to remove the little enclosure where it fits into the ceiling. 

But it wasn’t the source of the beeping. Nope. The misery continued. Unabated.

This is getting ridiculous, I thought. A beeping sound is driving us all around the bend.

Abi outside looking goofy because of the beeping sound

First I Thought The Sound Was From The Kitchen:

Last night after my shower I thought for sure the beeping was in the kitchen.

I moved the coffee cart away from the wall and removed the extension cord. Then I replaced it with a power strip. 

I knew this couldn’t be the source of the beeping, but I am at a loss about what to do at this point. But I have to do something, I realize with Abi close at my heels. If I stop fast she’s going to run up my back.

Then I started looking at the mammoth refrigerator. The one that is in the VERY corner of the kitchen and a real bitch to move in and out.

I sighed. And knew I was going to have to twist the thing out.

Dust bunnies from two years of a refrigerator being in one spot floated up into the air. Then the red light that lights up the front panel went out.

Charlie laying on the side of his red dog bed

Now What Do I Do?

So then I was faced with: How one earth am I going to get back there because I cannot pull it all the way out and plug whatever it is back in? There just isn’t enough room.

I got my flashlight and finally figured out that the red button that turns on the power strip had been turned off.

After much twisting and reaching and breathing in of dust bunnies, I rectified the problem. 


Then I realized I might have pulled it out too far. The ice maker…

Oh no…

Abi wondering what on earth that beeping sound is

Did I Just Break The Ice Maker?

I took the container with ice out and dumped all the ice in the sink and put it back in. Then I waited, my right ear to the door, to see if I could hear water running to the ice maker. 

One problem just seems to lead to another problem. This is now beyond ridiculous.


I am now sitting in my chair typing. Abi is on a blanket between my legs. She is terrified.

You would not recognize this dog. She isn’t playing and yapping and aggravating Charlie.

I fear she will have to be fitted for a straitjacket soon if I can’t figure out where this beeping noise is coming from. 

Charlie on the couch on a red throw in his dog bed

What Should l Try Next?

Well, if I look online or in the phone book, what do I look under? Beeping fixers? Beeping annihilators? Beeping finders? Ghostbusters?


I’ve done everything I can think of to do. So I go and stand in every room and listen. I still can’t figure out which room it’s coming from.

No matter what I do, I am faced with a monster that beeps.

Abi jumps and raises her head fearfully. She is but a shadow of her former self.

Abi outside with her tongue stuck out

What Else Has Batteries In This House?

I can think of only a few things that have batteries in this house. And it’s a very small house.

A flashlight, two clocks, and a smoke detector. If there’s something else, I don’t know what it could be. 

Abi is now huddling underneath a plant stand. 

I am beside myself. Whenever I do figure out where this beeping is coming from, maybe I will bash it with a hammer.

It is now thirty-six beeping hours and counting…

Charlie laying on a quilt I made years ago

Poor Babies Are So Anxious:

Abi will possibly need therapy after this. Or a dog whisperer. 

Weeks from now, when and if I figure this out, I’m sure the story will be funny. I hope I will laugh at myself for not realizing right away what the crazy beeping sound was. 

Unless…I still haven’t figured it out. I don’t even want to think of that possibility.

But right now I’m faced with (there it goes again) a beeping noise that is holding everyone in this house hostage. That has Abi stuck to me like glue.

Whatever could it be? ANY IDEAS OUT THERE?


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  1. I also have a beeping noise. I thought it was the heat alarm battery. The electrician changed it. It was ok for a day then it started again. Electrician came and fitted brand new alarm but still the beep went on. He disarmed the alarm but still it beeped. He is baffled so now I’m looking in cupboards to see if it’s something with a battery. It’s worse for you as it’s upsetting your little dog. My cat’s not bothered. I am though. Good luck!

    1. Did you ever figure this out? Same thing here…exactly. And I have a 100 pound dog wrapped around me, trembling. No clue what else to try; we already took the batteries out of everything we could think of. And my smoke detector has battery out and it’s not the problem.

  2. So I too have a constant beep. It seems to be in the living room somewhere but I can’t find it. It is just me and the dog here. Do I call the fire department or an electrician? Thank you for your help!

  3. I’m having the exact same problem I’ve replaced every fire alarm in the house twice. It seems to be coming from inside the ceiling. Unfortunately it’s in my sons room so he’s been sleeping on the sofa for months now because we can’t seem to get it to stop. I called the fire department as well they couldn’t do anything. I don’t know what else to try am at wits end

  4. I had the same beeping problem in my apartment. I found it to be the Thermostat. It has a label saying "Replace Battery". So I put 1 and 2 together. Now no more beeps

  5. Oh I feel your pain Brenda. I recently had the same thing happen and it turned out to be both the downstairs smoke detector as well as the battery for the Verizon master box. The smoke detector had the battery replaced and yet still beeped. Wound up that b/c it was also hard wired, I had to replace the unit. FYI, you can only replace with the same manufacturer as they don't 'talk to each other' otherwise. The FIOS battery, which thank goodness, was under warranty, was shipped out, and finally, after two very long weeks, we had a beep free house. Those beeps are soooo annoying! Hope you find the culprit soon.

  6. How about a CO2 detector…somewhere? Furnace room? Attic? Battery in your cordless phone??? Water heater?? Garbage disposal? (Reaching with that one, sorry.) Oven?? Microwave?

    Or…could it possibly be outside, and not even yours?

  7. How annoying! I hope you've figured out the problem by now. I blew out the electricity in my living room yesterday. Not sure what I'll do about that. I can't afford a electrician right now. It's always something…isn't it?

  8. I would say it is a low battery of some sort, do you have an attic or crawl space? Previous owners might have put one in an out of the way place. Also a phone battery will beep incessantly. I know how annoying that could be. Hope it gets resolved.

  9. Oh I had a funny story I forgot to add…..a few months ago I kept hearing a faint playing of Happy Birthday to you, over and over, for the life of me I couldn't find what it was. Then one day while clearing out some upper cabinets in the kitchen I found the culprit, a single birthday candle that somehow turned itself on and played the familiar tune lol.

  10. I don't know if it's been mentioned but how about your camera batteries or the TV remote control or garage remote control if you have one? Cell phone or portable phone? Answering machine? Something on your laptop? Something on the TV cable box? Hope you find it soon it would drive me crazy too!

  11. I had a mysterious beep for days. It was a stopwatch. I don't know how to make it stop, but it does not make me crazy anymore.

  12. This is exactly what was happening here a few weeks ago. I got the fire alarms even chaged the batteries. It was coming from my kitchen. Took me several weeks. It was my floor! This one spot if I stepped on it there was a beep! Crazy thing it is now gone!

  13. Brenda, no answers from me, ah I feel for you and Abi. When we lived in the condo I could hear the neighbors smoke detector going off and randomly beeping…yes I have really good hearing…
    It would drive me bananas so I can sympathize. I hope that you find it soon.

    PS, now your blog isn't updating in my blog roll…this is starting to not be funny anymore.


  14. I once had a beeping issue and the culprit was a stopwatch/timer that had gotten lost, but was still in some sort of mode that kept it going off intermittently. Obviously when it was found it was like the best day on earth! 🙂

  15. Do you have a security system? Our battery pack that goes with the security system has beeped before to tell us it's time to change it. Our fridge also beeps if everything isn't closed securely. We've also had random beeps from the smoke detectors. Like you…we've had random beeps that we never figured out but they never went on like yours has! I feel for you.

  16. We had a beeping early one morning. After checking everything and the smoke detectors…we called the fire dept. They checked the detectors again and thought we should get new ones.(ours were only two years old) They came and installed new ones…still the beeping. Come to find out it was the carbon monoxide detector that was sitting on the shelf.
    I should add this…the fire dept. sent two trucks..one a hook and ladder…Firemen in fire gear. and an ambulance. We called the non emergency # and the firemen told us it's standard procedure to send them out this way. They told us not to be embarrassed…that's what they are there for.

  17. CORDLESS PHONE! That happened to me, is still happening to me, cause one of my cordless phones won't hold a charge anymore. It beeps about once every hour and a half or so. Now I switch the batteries between phones when I hear the beep. A normal person would just throw the phone away… I blame it on the beeping I heard for two straight weeks before I discovered the cause. Hope it's as simple for you. If it isn't, let me know cause my FB friends threw out dozens of suggestions and I can go hunt them down for ya. Here's hoping you have a beepless future!

  18. laptop battery or cell phone are the beeps that come to mind? I usually use an ac outlet for laptop but sometimes when I unplug I don't always turn off computer and then it beeps when battery gets low? Cell phone too when messages haven't been deleted or saved? Good Luck! Jeannette

  19. iT COULD BE YOUR CELL PHONE…letting you know you have a message waiting or your battery is low…or even your tv remote battery…hope this helps! Carol

  20. do you only have ONE smoke detector? I had 4 in my last house and one was "hot wired" while the other 3 had batteries. I too was going crazy with random beeping. Researched the old internet and found the culprit, the "wired" one was fried. Once I replaced it, the beeping ceased. And yes, my "smart" thermostat beeps also when the battery is low.

  21. I was wondering the same as the other commenter did…if one of the photographers left something behind such as a phone of something. ( since it is happening right after they left )

    it's GOT to be frustrating as heck and especially because it is driving the poor dog crazy too 🙁

  22. Could there possibly be a smoke detector in the attic that's beeping? That happened to a friend of mine once. Very frustrating, to say the least. Also, check your a/c thermostat. Those sometimes beep when it's time to change the battery. Good luck!!

  23. Ah so frustrating! Sometmes electronic keychains and small toys beep. We had something beeping recently and it was a toy buried in a drawer. So hard to pinpiont those little things!! The weird thing was how loud it sounded for being so small. I sure hope it stops or you find it soon!!!

  24. Do you think the magazine photographers left something behind? A camera, cell phone, or watch. Just trying to eliminate the possibilities with you. I have a terrier too!

  25. I think you need to call "THE BEEP BUSTERS'"!!! LOL I know it's not funny but to hear you tell it, it is. The idea of the filter on refridge is something I hadn't thought about. The newer ones have to be changed. Have you ever changed yours?

    Sorry, I'm not much help.


  26. could be your fridge telling you its time to change the filter cartridge on your water/ice dispensor – if you have a sump pump with a battery back-up – could be that the battery is getting low…I know how frustrating something like that can be…if I think of anything else I will be sure and share it

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

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