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Re: Ionic Breeze Quatra
Check online to see if you can purchase just the replacement parts and fix it yourself. Chances are, however, you might be forced to send it to the manufacturer to get it repaired.
Check your local stores (WalMart, Target, etc) in the luggage area and get one of those power converters that you use when you travel to a different country. I wouldnt leave home without it. it pays for itself when you consider how much stuff you can literally destroy and cook off because the voltage is different than what it is here in the USA.
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However, if the model was manufactured before 2007, read the text below, in that case do not get the parts.
I want to call attention on the fact that several of old Ionic Breeze models are not
being manufactured anymore because of health concerns. New model use a
completely different technology. Parts for old models that raised concerns are not distributed anymore.
I suggest contacting manufacturer,
if parts are not available, then the purifier was among the ones
related to health concer. In that case I suggest replacing the ionic
purifier with a different air purifier.
the ionic breeze uses high voltage to move/filter air .. if the insulators break down there will be an arc such as what you see .. there is a way to dig out the carbonized material and seal it with materials that can handle the high voltage but any repairs are costly .. its unlikely you can repair it for less than a new conventional filter .. the ionic breeze was unique and expensive but didn't move a lot of air ..it was quiet but often produced some ozone .. long exposure to ozone is not a good thing .. here is a site where you can learn more about your unit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_ioniser check out where it says "Consumer Reports court case" ... that said, the electrostatic concept does probably remove small particles that are hard to do with conventional filters .. the arcing you see in your unit is indeed not safe . ... here is more that you likely don't want to hear.. http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2008/02/sharper_image.html in the next one look down where it says "Ionic breeze" under "helpful information" that will frost the cake http://www.sharperimage.com/Pages/Helpful+Information/#ionic_breeze i am sorry to say that your expensive ionic breeze is not safe and not repairable.
Mine does it too, I finally just tried something else when I was cleaning the blades. I took some alcohol on a qtip and with the blades out of the machine I wiped up and down the line wires that are inside that go from the top to the bottom, and also the little balls that are on the bottom of the wires that slide when you turn your unit upside down. It seems to work, I do it every time I clean the blades. scribner062
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.
The high-voltage grid wire(s) most likely broke -- unfortunately, there is no good remedy for this -- I have repaired a half dozen of these units by replacing the grid wires with titanium wire. This is a very time-consuming, complicated, nerve-wracking repair -- not recommended. Even if the reapair is done, the unit will likely fail again, soon.
When my reapired units failed, I got units off E-Bay -- they didn't last very long either.
I'm now in the market for a more rugged ozone-generating air purifier.
While the device is turned off and the filter is out, tip the unit itself upside down and back. Do this several times, there is a slider type cleaner inside that moves as you turn the unit. Be sure to do this every time you clean your filter and you will never hear a peep out of the thing.
My Ionic Breeze would work for a short time after cleaning and the blue light would start flashing and the unit would stop working. I checked the wall cube power adapter with a volt meter. It was putting out only 10 volts instead of the needed 12 volts. It seems The Ionic Breeze needs a full 12-13 volts to work. So I went to Radio Shack and bought a universal 12 volt 800ma power adapter. I checked the voltage in the new adapter, it was 13 volts. This fixed the flashing blue light problem. However the Ionic Breeze produces harmful Ozone gas, so I don't use it anymore.
I had a problem with my Ionic Breeze Quadra. Green light would only blink for a second then the red light stayed on. I cleaned unit very good but problem came right back. I blew out the breeze with an air compressor. Not much came out, but now I am green and back in action. I used about 75 psi to clean out.