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Won't work Ionic Breeze S. A. P. model # S1720 won't come on, plugged the conveter into another one we have (that works) and it came one so problem has to be in the unit itself; had ad both of them for approximately 2 years or more.

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Please read all ---to find the solution---
Ionic Breeze GP began losing power occasionally but I could shake it and get it to turn back on. It got worse and worse until it would not turn on anymore. 
The problem on mine is the micro switch that detects whether the collector plates are inserted or not, so it is part of the safety mechanism. There is a about a one-inch cylindrical piece of plastic on the front of the collector plate handle. This cylinder goes through a hole and pushes on the micro switch (actually a plastic cover over the micro switch).

On mine, it appears that arcing inside the switch caused it to get hot, deforming the plastic a little bit and apparently ruining the inside of the switch.

The following URLs describe the switch, but I have not found a retailer that carries it:
http://www.dicgroup.com/pdf/SM/SM5-01N.pdf
http://www.dicgroup.com/e-pro01-sm.html

Another of the same model switch is used in the back of the unit to detect whether the rear cover is on (over the UV bulb).

If I cannot find a replacement, I am thinking of either bypassing the bad switch entirely or swapping the switch from the back. Either way would defeat a safety feature so it's probably not to be recommended, but I consider the sacrificing the switch for the back cover to be introducing only limited risk, so I might take that route if I have to.


I found a suitable replacement switch at Mouser Electronics, mouser.com. It is Mouser part # 101-1203-EV. The problem is that the lever is too long, so I cut it with my Dremel cutting wheel before installing.

Mouser also has a similar switch, part # 101-1201-EV on which the lever is the correct length, however it has solder lugs instead of PC board legs.

I ordered both switches and then made my decision about which to use after looking at them. The choices are either cut (shorten) the lever on the 1203 switch or enlarge the holes on the mounting board to fit the 1201 switch. In my judgement it was easier to cut the lever.

The new switch is installed and the unit is working fine again.

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Posted on Nov 30, 2008

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    futureloginn Nov 30, 2008

    Another Try-----
    The rear grill has an electrical contact on it. If the grill is not seated properly, electrical contact is lost and the unit will not run.
    Here's how to remove and reseat the rear grill:

    1. Turn off the unit.

    2. Unplug the unit.

    3. Remove the collection grid.

    4. At the bottom of the rear grill is a blue tab. Pull it toward you and lift the grill up and off. 

    6. Put the grill back on so that the locking tabs go into their slots.

    5. Slide the grill down to lock the tabs in place. Verify the blue tab is latched.

    6. Put the collection grid back in.

    7. Plug the unit back in and turn it On.

    If that doesn't work, it is possible the contact in the rear grill is still not touching correctly. Use the steps above to remove the rear grill. Then locate the metal strip on the inside lower portion of the grill. Clean it and clean the metal pin it is supposed to touch on the chassis. If the contact is tarnished, use an emery board to shine it up. Also shine up the pin. Then VERY gently lift the contact a little so that is sticks out further. Replace the rear grill. Insert the collection grid. Turn the unit On.
    Thanks

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Usually the culprit is the blades. This site has replacement blades for them:

http://www.airpurifierrepair.com/ProductDetails.aspx?ID=0&ProductId=473&gclid=COSTqtrQnZcCFQkiagod_Bg3JA

Since Sharper Image has recalled the units, support from the company isn't possible.


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Check that there is powere coming into the unit from the AC network.

There must be a circuit breaker and also a fuse on the unit control board, check them out..

Posted on Nov 30, 2008

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