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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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.
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Easy. You need new plates in the machine. They cost about $15 a piece. Google 'ozone plates for XL-15' & sources will come up on where to buy them. Remember to clean the plates every 30-45 days w/ 50-50 solution of ammonia & water & a tooth brush on these plates. Dry thoroughly w/ hair dryer before putting back in machine.
If you are sure that the plate is clean, in perfect condition, and inserted correctly, it would appear that the transformer is defective. This means that power is not going through the metal contact fingers into the plates.
The light probably has burned out. It is not essential to the working of the machine, so it isn't anything you need to be concerned about.
Vollara (formerly Alpine/EcoQuest) is no longer producing or servicing the XL-15. However, a newer version, called the Classic, is available. You can call Customer Service 800-989-2299 and they will tell you your options. Use #16618 if you need a referral number.
The Classic XL-15 should have 2 individual indicator lights. The 'red' light is the ionizer indicator, and the 'green' light is the ozone level indicator. Both lights should be illuminated, if the unit is operating properly. The red light should be pulsing, and the green light should be dimly lit, and brightened as the output knob is turned up - indicating a higher ozone production. If the green light is not lit, you likely won't smell the ozone. The first thing you should try, is cleaning the filter and glass ozone plate. Unplug the unit and remove the rear air filter. Clean the filter with clean water and allow to COMPLETELY air dry. Removed the glass plate by depressing the lever behind the glass plate, and gently pulling it out. Clean the glass with a half water, half ammonia (or distilled white vinegar, if ammonia not available) and an old toothbrush to clean between the mesh. Dry plate with a hair dryer and re-place plate into unit. Replace dried air filter, making sure the little tab on the bottom is secured into the interlock. Power the unit on and you should see the indicator lights and smell the fresh ozone!
I am not familiar with your particular model. I can give you a generic type answer.
In these units there is a high voltage generator module. This module can fail, and therefore no ozone will be produced. It is possible that the power source that drives the module has also failed.
If you get in touch with the manufacture, maybe they can sell you spare parts, or at least inform you about how you can get the unit serviced.
As for my own opinion, when considering the age of the unit I would consider replacing it with a new model. The cost of servicing your unit may approach that of a new one which will have a warranty and higher reliability.
Ozone plates need to be cleaned periodically. I use non-sudsing ammonia in a flat pladtic container big enough to let the plate lie flat in an 1: of ammonia. I let it soak for a few minutes (do this OUTSIDE due to the ammonia fumes) then scrub both sides of the plates with an old toothbrush. When done I rinse it under the sink, along with the bowl and brush (windows open). Let it fry thoroughly before reinserting in the machine (slide carefully in track and gently hold contacts aside with fingers so it slips in easily to avoid cracking the plate).