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My ionic breeze quit working. It won't even turn on sometimes it will turn on for just a second the light will go on make a bunch of noise and shut off. What's wrong

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  • vail8150 Jun 22, 2008

    Just stopped working entirely. No lights, no nothing working.

    I have cleaned it but no luck... :(

  • Anonymous Aug 01, 2008

    won't turn on

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My Ionic Breeze GP did the same thing and got worse and worse until it would not turn on anymore.

The problem on mine is the micro switch that detects whether the collector plates are inserted or not, so it is part of the safety mechanism. There is a about a one-inch cylindrical piece of plastic on the front of the collector plate handle. This cylinder goes through a hole and pushes on the micro switch (actually a plastic cover over the switch.

On mine, it appears that arcing inside the switch caused it to get hot, deforming the plastic a little bit and apparently ruining the inside of the switch.

The following URLs describe the switch, but I have not found a retailer that carries it:
http://www.dicgroup.com/pdf/SM/SM5-01N.pdf
http://www.dicgroup.com/e-pro01-sm.html

Another of the same model switch is used in the back of the unit to detect whether the rear cover is on (over the UV bulb).

If I cannot find a replacement, I am thinking of either bypassing the bad switch entirely or swapping the switch from the back. Either way would defeat a safety feature so it's probably not a good idea, but I consider the switch for the back cover to be pretty much limited risk, so I might take that route.

Posted on Aug 02, 2008

  • martinmarty Aug 09, 2008

    I found a suitable replacement switch at Mouser Electronics, mouser.com. It is Mouser part # 101-1203-EV. The problem is that the lever is too long, so I cut it with my Dremel cutting wheel before installing.



    Mouser also has a similar switch, part # 101-1201-EV on which the lever is the correct length, however it has solder lugs instead of PC board legs.



    I ordered both switches and then made my decision about which to use after looking at them. The choices are either cut (shorten) the lever on the 1203 switch or enlarge the holes on the mounting board to fit the 1201 switch. In my judgement it was easier to cut the lever.



    The new switch is installed and the unit is working fine again.

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Have you cleaned it lately? It will automatically shut off when it needs to be cleaned.

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