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I own an Ionic Breeze Quadra unit. It has been working fine and I really like it because it removes bad odors from the house. Mine has just started making a hissing noise. Any suggestions? Thanks

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Hi,
Sparking, popping, hissing or crackling sounds coming from your Ionic Breeze air cleaner are all signals that it's time to clean your machine. Once you've cleaned the collection grids inside the Quadra, the disruptive sounds will disappear


how to clean

Turn off and unplug your Ionic Breeze Quadra.Grasp the horizontal handle on top of the air cleaning grids--this is in the very center top of your Ionic Breeze Quadra--and pull the grids straight up out of the casingWipe the metal grids down, inside and out along the entire length, with a clean damp cloth. You may need to use more than one cloth if the grids are very dirty.Go back over the grids with a clean dry cloth to remove any water and remaining dirtPut the grids aside on a clean, dry surface and grasp the body of the main Ionic Breeze casing unit in both hands.Flip the casing unit upside down, then right side up, five or six times. You should hear a small bead sliding back and forth as you do this. The bead is cleaning interior elements concealed in the casing; if you don't hear it, your unit may be in need of repair.Place the casing unit back on its base, orient the grids so that the handle slopes in the same direction as the top of the air purifier, then carefully slide them back down into the machine.

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    What if you hear the beads sliding back and forth, you clean and dry the grids thoroughly, and the unit continues to spark and hiss and sizzle, and then the red CLEAN button almost immediately re-illuminates. Is there any way to manually clean those interior elements, or is it possible those beads become less effective over time? We've had 2 of these units for at least 6-7 years, and paid darn good money for 'em.

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I noticed a burned hold in bottom from high voltage arcing. I covered spot with silicone and it held for around 6 months. Now it burned through again..am looking for some high voltage putty or paint to try

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Hi.

Hissing noise was probably given by a damaged ozone barrier arching.

About your Ionic breeze purifier, I wanted to report that they are not being manufactured anymore because of heath concerns. New model use a completely different technology. Parts are also not distributed anymore.
I suggest replacing the ionic purifier with a different air purifier.

Please read the article below:

Ionic Breeze Health Concerns

Regards.

Ginko.

Posted on Sep 19, 2010

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