The red light came on and I cleaned the unit thoroughly and but the grid
back in and the red light did not go out. I unplugged the unit
and it still didn't go out it. and the red light still came back on.
Help I can't go without it. It really helps with my allergies.
I had the same problem: Had cleaned it inside, taking off both grids, washing wire, etc. Still the red light blinking would come back on after a few minutes. So here's what I did next:
Take off the grids on both sides. Make sure the grids are clean with water and paper towels (lots of black) On the unit itself, wipe out the metal sides and all the plastic. Then, here's the KEY,
get out your computer cleaning canned AIR and blow it into the open unit and blow the air on both of the grids too. I first used a hairdryer to blow it out, but the canned air is much stronger and I got all kinds of little black particles out with it.
Put it up and down 3 times, plugged it back in and WALAA! The unit is back to working perfectly and no red light has come on again!
I'm sure this will work for everyone if you just get the canned air and blow out the unit and the grids too even though you've cleaned them!
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i have the same unit. clean the corona wires very gently with light grade sandpaper and scrub the metal grid blades thoroughly with a scotch brite pad. my unit was sparking like a lightening storm. after i cleaned it this way it runs perfectly.
have the same problem and haven't been able to fix it.However, others have had the same problem and
have posted their solutions.The
sizzling sound is caused by electrical arching between the plates and one or
both of the two tungsten wires that are run parallel to the plates (if you turn
off all the lights and wait for your eyes to adjust to the dark before turning
on the Ionic Breeze, it's a pretty cool light show!)Here are things found by others to cause the
arching and what they did to fix the problem:
--dirt, lint, or tiny hairs
stuck somewhere (usually towards the top or bottom of the plates or wire,
and maybe in the grid contact points).Clean it better.Using
canned air can help blow out the problem.
--water droplets.Make certain there is no moisture
anywhere when you put the grid (plates) back in.Using canned air can help dry hard to
--burn marks or melted
plastic.These indicates a short
circuit.Says dnewcombe1: "There is a
feeler bracket that guides the two rear thin wires while the cartridge is
being inserted. This "feeler" can melt and become disarranged."You can't fix this issue.
--build up on the ionizing
wires.Clean them.It's hard.I took mine apart and used steel wool.
had the same problem, sparking in the lower section. i cleaned the grid blades on the filter with a scotch brite pad thoroughly in the area that was sparking and cleaned the corona wires inside the back of the unit gently by rubbing with light grade sandpaper. the unit runs like new. give it a try.
The internal high-voltage grid wires are connected to a switch which is maintained in the closed position by the tension on the wire.
This red light comes on when the tension in the high-voltage grid wires relaxes or one of the wires breaks thus opening the switch.
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.
Like you I went through the hard-core cleaning pocess, but found it usually makes no difference or very little.
You could try E-Bay for a replacement or shop for a more rugged ozone-generating air purifier -- I'm looking for one myself.
Same problem : after cleaning thoroughly inside by removing the Front & Rear Plastic grid and the stainless blades, I also cleaned the 2 wires (very softly and carrefully, not to break them), but the Red light goes on after only few minutes :
Here is my last Solution :
1 - Turn on (Low position) although the Red ligt is on
2 - Release the Rear plastic Grid (or Front plastic grid, or both of them) : That stop the unit automatically
3 - Replace it and make sur it's well locked : the unit turns on automatically.
After that, my unit works well, no mor Red light.
But my husband will see if he can by pass the Cleaning detector, so we will not have this stupid Red light on anymore !
You are probably aware that the ionizer uses a very high voltage (at very low current) to function. If you have used a cleaner of some kind on it, you could have made the grid sensitive to moisture.
I would remove the grid again and wash it thoroughly in distilled water to remove any residue that stayed behind, then dry it in warm air before reinstalling it.
Sharper Image was giving customers a small rebate for the product since it was proven to be ineffective for cleaning the air by Consumer Reports as well data by the EPA.
This has caused a mess for Sharper Image that they went into bankruptcy as a result of it. The Consumer Products Safety Commission is going to be making a decision on ionizers at the end of year since there are hazards in the air from using the devices. It could be that ionizers are no longer sold in the US next year.
The industry should have been regulated and unfortunately the government never did anything about it until Sharper Image and Consumer Reports went to court on it.
I had the same problem with my GP. It has worked great for four years and only recently seemed to get stuck in this drying cycle. I cleaned the grid many times, cleaned the wires, cleaned the whole unit as much as I could to no avail. The trick: You need to clean the two metal prongs and surrounding area that insert into the bottom of the grid, when you inserrt the grid. they are sharp like nails, so take care. Use an alcohol based cleaners and clean the prong and around each base. This fixed the problem for me and she's back up and running well.