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Ionizers generate ozone, that is the same smell that you would have near an electric motor or a copy machine. The smell is caused by electric sparks that occur during the ionization process. Essentially high voltage is applied to a grid, air passes over this grid and electrons jump off of it and into the air. They then attach to any particles that are present in the air and make those particles attractive to anything less charged than they are.
There is a limit to how much ozone an air ionizer is allowed to produce because ozone is a respiratory irritant and is not desirable to have in large amounts. Ozone also damages rubber. A commercial air purifier has to certify that it is in compliance with that law in order to be sold. The difference is that they can change characteristic based on how clean the grid is and how much humidity is present.
Here is my problem. MY Lasko 4820 Model, is having issues with starting up. Example I turned it on and the rotation stand that moves the tower works. But the fan motor or something realetted is not moving. The fan itself won't move on setting 3, 2, or 1. I don't use the ionizer (I have a smoke detector that picks ionized things and smoke) in my room. I've looked at similar issues or the same and a is different in some way or issue. I've never taken it apart, and one more thing I don't have any solutions because I bought it atva Thrift Store for $29.99 and dident know if someone broke it possibly in the past. No remote either. It has 5 buttons. Middle: Power. Top right: Ion. Botten right: Fan speed/setting (3, 2, 1) Top left: Timer (1hr, 2 hr, 4 hr.) Bottem left: Rotation for whole tower. Please Post anything that may help. Please do NOT respond with "Thats you're fault for buying it at a cheap junk sore" and something related to Criticizing me for getting it at a place that has used items. I know that, just give anything that Will help this issue.
I'm not exactly sure, but I think that an IONIZER has nothing more than metal blades inside that 'capture' dust/debris and contaminants from the air on the blades. There should be a handle to lift up on and remove the long blades.
You rinse the blades with warm soapy water, dry them and put them back in. Maybe I'm thinking of something else, but to me, that is what an ionizer is. Hope this helps at least some.
In case an electrical appliance does not do anything anymore, I always first check the fuse(s). There can be a fuse in the electrical plug (in case of UK-type of plug for example) and possibly also somewhere within the fan's housing. In case you do not know how to measure a fuse, just simply replace all the fuses in one go with a new fuse of the same (!) rating. I hope this will solve your problem.