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Cleaning light stays on

We have a sharper image ionic breeze quadra 4.0 silent air purifier (model S1697), the cleaning light stays on and the unit will not turn on, even when the clean filter has been put back in.

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  • sassafrasroo Feb 24, 2009

    it lloks like one of the fine wires inside has snapped and is not connected as the other, this may be why it thinks it is not clean...but I have yet to disect it and try to reconnect it...maybe someone knows a professional repair person? I am on Long Island in New York

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Most likely the ionizer wire broke. We tried replacing the wire with guitar wire, as stated on this website. It burned out quickly, it is not the right wire for this. Until we find out what wire Sharper Image used in these units, we can't fix them. I have 4 with broken ionizer wires, so I'd appreciate any help. We know it is not steel or tungsten wire, so far. We need a wire expert to identify what type of wire is used in this product.. There are at least hundreds of these that would work if we could find the correct wire. Thanks.

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I have the same problem and haven't been able to fix it. However, others have had the same problem and have posted their solutions. The sizzling sound is caused by electrical arching between the plates and one or both of the two tungsten wires that are run parallel to the plates (if you turn off all the lights and wait for your eyes to adjust to the dark before turning on the Ionic Breeze, it's a pretty cool light show!) Here are things found by others to cause the arching and what they did to fix the problem:

  • --dirt, lint, or tiny hairs stuck somewhere (usually towards the top or bottom of the plates or wire, and maybe in the grid contact points). Clean it better. Using canned air can help blow out the problem.
  • --water droplets. Make certain there is no moisture anywhere when you put the grid (plates) back in. Using canned air can help dry hard to reach areas.
  • --burn marks or melted plastic. These indicates a short circuit. Says dnewcombe1: "There is a feeler bracket that guides the two rear thin wires while the cartridge is being inserted. This "feeler" can melt and become disarranged." You can't fix this issue.
  • --build up on the ionizing wires. Clean them. It's hard. I took mine apart and used steel wool.

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