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How do I fix a jammed battery compartment in a kidde i12060 smoke detector?

Normally in this smoke detector the battery compartment is pressed inwards to open it. But currently when I press the compartment it only returns to its original closed state. The closed state seems to be further into the smoke detector than normal, I think that some part of the mechanism may be caught on the inside. There is an anti-tamper feature for this smoke detector which can disable opening of the compartment, and I have double checked that isn't the culprit by activating and deactivating it when the feature is active the compartment does not move it all, when it is inactive the compartment will move when pressed but will not open.

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You could try to pry the door loose with a small screwdriver. To be safe, make sure the primary 110V power is turned off before trying to loosen the compartment door.
This is an inexpensive unit, less than $10, and is easily replaced if you can't get the door open.
If you do decide to replace it, you may want to look into a combination unit which monitors smoke and carbon monoxide if you don't have a carbon monoxide detector already in your home.

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