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Red Cleaning Light is On

I've cleaned the blades as usual, however, a red has come on that says "cleaning overdue" and won't turn off. The unit is not working...

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  • kmsmoore Jan 01, 2008

    I have the same problem. We clean the filter yet the red light indicating the need to clean it comes on almost immediately after turning it back on. The unit doesn't seem to be working.

  • Anonymous Jan 18, 2008

    I cleaned the unit. I plugged it in and the red light won't go off and let the unit operate. I tried the turning upside down, didn't work.........now what?

  • TBolan Feb 11, 2008

    Our dog knocked it over, and the light won't go off no matter how thorough we clean it.

  • capine Feb 21, 2008

    Cleaned it thuroughly, turned it upside down, etc., but it still sputters and snaps when it is first turned on and occasionally thereafter, and then after about 10-15 minutes, the red "cleaning overdue" flashes on, and the unit shuts down.  Also, the "Blue/Green  Boost Ions" button no longer works.

  • jwdrive Jun 18, 2008

    red light is on , have cleaned unit,it still does not claen

  • Sandy Glover Sep 03, 2008

    Cleaned blades, vaccuumed, red light stays on blinking at times, sputters

  • Anonymous Sep 11, 2008

    i have 2 of them one went out 1st the red light came on an i cleaned it several times an nothing then 1month later the other if i leave it on it doesnt clean the air

  • mmgallagher1 Sep 16, 2008

    I cleaned the unit when the cleaning light came on and now the light is continually blinking red. The unit starts up but sputters and then quits.

  • Anonymous Sep 22, 2008

    I have cleaned the blades and the red light comes on as soon as I put the blades back in and it won't turn on and it smells funny.


  • rybar926 Oct 13, 2008

    I have the same problem. I have had the purifier for over 5 years and never had a problem. All of a sudden the red clean light is on and doesn't work. I took it apart and cleaned it. Still not working. Should I get a new bulb? Does that have anything to do with it? Thanks.

  • bennettpd
    bennettpd Jul 18, 2012

    i purchased 2 of these units. BOTH were new and BOTH have done the same thing. Perhaps is the reason that Sharper Image went under.

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I have the same problem. I totally took the unit apart and cleaned it out. After I reasembled it, the same thing. Just that little cleaning overdue light on. I can tell that it is not working as well as there is no breeze coming from the front. That is what I get for buying a serviced unit.

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