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Not running quietly

After running my Ionic Breeze GP constantly for over a year(with great results), I noticed that the indicator light no longer comes on. This is the little orange light that tells you when it is time to clean the fins that trap the particles clean from the air. Just about every two weeks this light would come on. If I ignored it I noticed a very large increase in coughing. Well now it no longer lights but still every two weeks I would clean it as per the instructions. This last time however before cleaning I noticed a noise coming from the Breeze. This was intermitant and almost unnoticable. I assumed it was time to clean it and that the noise would stop after doing so. That was not the solution however. The noise is hard for me to discribe accurately. It sounds as though the Breeze is turning on and off several times in a ten minute span. I am not sure but it almost sounds as if there is electrical arcing. I watched very carefully while it was running and cannot see any signs of shorting. I have eliminated the obvious possible causes. For instance there is no fluid spilled inside and no small paricles or debris as far as I can tell. The sound is very faint and cannot be heard above the normal sounds in the room. But at night when all is quiet it is very unsettling to hear it come and go as it does. I have shut of the Breeze until I can figure this out. As I said though my breathing discomfort increases immediately. Is this just a harmless sound that doesn't matter or is this a symptom of an even larger problem needing repair?

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Re: not running quietly

"A blinking light indicates when the blades should be wiped clean with a damp cloth." I actually had a "handyman" contract last year to visit an elderly gentleman once a month and clean all 9 of his Ionic Breeze GP air purifiers. Before I did that for him, they would make hissing noises and he really didn't like that. Here's how to clean the operative compnents of these machines: First, unplug the machine and place on a work surface, such as a table or kitchen counter. Second, remove the metal blade insert from the top by gripping the release tab and lifting it up and out. Also remove the front and back grilles by pressing on the plastic tab at the bottom and lifting up on them. Third, use a damp rag or paper towel to wipe the three metal blades clean. Do not immerse this assembly in water, because it has to be completely dry when re-installing it in the machine. Fourth, use a small piece of damp paper towel to VERY GENTLY wipe clean the two thin wires inside the unit. These are located behind the two rubbery flat blades just inside the unit and can be accessed from the front side. You won't damage these rubbery flat blades by pushing your hand gently between them, but be VERY CAREFUL when wiping the wires clean. (This step is important, as the wires must be clean.) Fifth, using another bit of damp paper towel, carefully clean the wire attached to the inside of the front grille. Dry this off with a dry bit of paper towel, then clean any accumulated dirt off the front & back grilles. Check the metal contact near the bottom of the front grille (attached to the wire) to verify that it's clean and will make good electrical contact. Sixth, pick the unit up and turn it upside-down & right-side up about 6 to 8 times. The two wires inside have plastic beads on them that slide up and down the wires. This brushes any bits of leftover dust or lint off of the wires. (Again, these wires must be VERY clean.) Seventh, replace the front and back plastic grilles by placing them in their slots and sliding them down to snap into place. Verify that the assembly with the three metal blades is COMPLETELY dry, using a hair dryer if necessary to dry off damp areas, then slide it back into place from the top of the machine. Now the cleaning process is done, so plug the unit in and turn it on to test operation. If it makes ANY noise, then some component is not completely cleaned off, or still has a presence of moisture, which must be completely dried off before the machine is ready for operation. Hope this helps! ;)

Posted on Aug 05, 2007

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