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These forks aren't needed to operate the machine, as you know.
You can clean the grid wires with compressed air and electrical contact cleaner. But these units are very unreliable, difficult to impossible to repair, and there are no parts nor repair service available. They don't usually run very long. I'd have to say, as soon as it quits working, shop for an alternative ozone-generating air purifier.

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