Mine does too. Did a little research - I guess all air filters let out a little bit of ozone. Some describe the smell of ozone to be something like bleach yet others say it smells like geraniums or even "sparks" (like the sparks that come off of the bumper car ride at the fair...hmm...interesting). Not sure which to believe, but I know mine smells. I found a manual talking about reducing this smell. Said the first couple of weeks are the worst of it, but if it still bothers you, you could install an "activiated carbon filter" down stream from the air filter, or go through complicated instructions (for whatever model they were talking about) to go into the of the machine and switch stuff around. Both solutionssound complicated to me. I'm just happy knowing the smell is normal and that it is actually working. Think I'll live with the smell.
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That's interesting... I doubt it is the filter if the new filter did the same. It might help if you take a fan and blow it through the area behind the filter, or maybe even spraying some Lysol in it, because my best guess is that something inside the purifier is what is causing the smell. Hope this helps!
Unplug the unit before cleaning. Wipe off the cabinet with a soft cloth and a mild non-abrasive cleanser.
To clean the electronic collector, loosen the front grill retainer screw then press in the lock and remove the grill. Pull out the collector by the tabs on the sides using both hands. Snap off the charcoal filter from the back of the collector. Then slide off the pre-filter. Spray the pre-filter and the collector with the Oreck Assail-a-Cell cleanser and then let stand for a few minutes before rinsing with water. Otherwise, soak the pre-filter and the collector in warm water (bathtub or sink) with mild dish detergent. Soak for 2-3 hours. Rinse well.
Then allow the parts to dry for completely before reassembling the air purifier. Air dry only.
Krowan - You will need to remove and clean th efiler on the back, remove and clean the ceramic or glass plaques, as well as clean any dust accumulation inside the uint itself. This cam be accomplished by using canne compressed air with a straw nozzle (like you clean your computer with). Just be sure not to blow dust in your eyes.
The filter you can back flush at the kitchen sink, using warm rater. Allow it to thoroughly dry, before reinstalling it. Th e plaques can be cleaned using unscented ammonia and and old tooth brush. Rinse the thoroughly, place between 2 towel to dry completely, before reinstalling them.
That's about all you need to do. Make sure you reinstall the parts properly and that the filer is triggering the safety device.
To further help you, here's a link to the Owner's Manual, that you can download and print for future reference.
I have a .pdf of the manual I can send you. I just run mine throught the dishwasher by themselves. The manual says to do that or hand wash them in the sink. Just make sure they are thoroughly dry before putting them back in.
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!