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A broken switch on a small portable ozone machine--X-15 or XL

I have an old ozone machine--bought about 1995--that's a rectangular box that lies on the floor lengthwise with a handle for transporting. Air is pulled through lengthwise. I think it was called an X15 or lower number. It has an on/off switch on top with three attachment places which has quit working. I found a switch here in town that has three places to attach but has an off in the middle with two "ons." The machine has a red, a black and a white wire. Could I use this switch and, if so, in what order would I attach them? If this won't work, can you suggest the type of switch I need?

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  • Jon Stignani
    Jon Stignani May 11, 2010

    Hi there,

    I think I know (and have) a unit like yours, but need some clarification - the only model made by Alpine (now EcoQuest) that I recall having a handle on-top was the HMA-150. Does yours also have a timer?

    If this is correct, what follows may be useful.

    The switch on mine is actually on the front. Their on/off switches of that vintage typically had three terminals, and were usually illuminated (red). One lead was power to the switch, one was power to the light inside, and the third would be the ground. Wire color sequence was black-purple-orange (from bottom of switch/"off" position tothe top/:on" position).

    The switch you describe sounds like something else.

    Is it possible to provide either a picture of the switches (new and old), or a more detailed description?



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Hi again, epyn,

As I think about this more, I'd say that the switch you have would probably _not_ work. What you have is somewhat like a conventional 3-way switch. With the Alpine/Ecoquest switch, I suspect one terminal is for power to the internal light/LED, one is the load to the switch, and the third would be the ground for both.

If I can be of further assistance, let me know - I'd like to resolve this for you. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it accordingly.

Thanks in-advance for using,


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