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Burning plastic smell

Unexpectedly three of my air purifiers produce very aggresive smell when on. It seems comingfromthe filters. Smells like burning plastic. I cleaned the filters, but smell did not go away.

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SOURCE: sharper image quadra silent air purifier has red light flashing

Have you cleaned the bars lately? I believe that red light means that the bars that collect the junk from the air are at capacity and needed to be wiped down.

If you don't know how to do this, pull them out from the top after having turned the machine off. Get a rag or paper town moist, but not dripping and just wipe the black soot off all visible sides of the metal bars. Lay it aside when done over night for it to dry completely, then re-insert them into the machine. Turn on and hopefully that should take care of it!

Posted on Jul 12, 2008

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I would go to the store you got it from and see if they know anything about it cause maybe they can give you a refund or even a new one

Posted on Oct 01, 2008

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SOURCE: I have 2 ionic breeze air purifiers sharper image.(germical )

I have the same problem as gerardperez7. One of my germicidal light quadras won't turn the light on and doesn't appear to be cleaning the air at all. I even put a new light bulb in it and it doesn't fix the problem.

Posted on Dec 22, 2009

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i cleaned the whole unit with alcohol, took it apart gently q-tipped it gently and now its working. i am so happy. i love this unit!! thanks for lindaangelo!!

Posted on Feb 16, 2010

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SOURCE: cleaning light stays on

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.

Posted on Mar 09, 2010

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Hi Teresa,
that is certainly not the smell the machine should produce :)

The smells, other then fresh air, might be 'trapped' in the filter. So washing the filter (top rack of the dishwasher works for the metal mesh filters) might do the trick.

Another trick you can try is to put the purifier on the floor, turn it on high mode (away mode) and put a box over it. Let it run for an hour or two and the smells should be gone.

Make sure you have fairly new plates, to make the machine more effective.

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