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My wife wanted me to take it apart to clean it
You can replace the fuse by soldering a new one into place -- it's a standard fuse, just match the amp rating of old to new.
Chances are though, after you do this, it will blow again. So, there's a good chance the unit is kaput.
I have extensive experience with these units to the point of even replacing the high-voltage field wires (the two fine wires which run from top to bottom) with titanium wire. There is no real good way to keep these things running properly -- they're kinda like weed whackers -- inherently problematic.
Ionic breeze gp keeps shutting off and clean light goes on
Oh there are a lot of known issues! I used to work for sharper image
and I believed in this items very much so until mine broke. However
after a year I figured out how to fix it. Take the big square
collection grid out and the back screen off. Now get you a thick rag
and be very careful because there are several tiny wires going up and
down. Smaller than dental floss, you need to be very careful because
you can either brake them or slice your finger wide open( Under any
circumstances I can not be held liable for the information I am giving
you try this at your own risk). Now with the towel very gently go up
and down each wire like you are polishing a brass pole(once again these
wires are thin and can break or cut you). Do this from the back side of
the unit and from the inside where the collection grid that you took
out sits. Take your time and be thorough, and presto your 400 dollar
air cleaner is working again.
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.
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