My ionic breeze is making a sizzling noise. I've cleaned it several times but the noise doesn't go away. This first started when the yellow light came on to indicate that it needed cleaning. There was a slight sizzling noise then. I removed the blades and cleaned it but the sizzling noise is now non stop. Can you assist?
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Re: Making sizzling noise
My Ionic Breeze GP had the hissing problem from time to time. When I first got it, I even sent it to have it replaced and the replacement unit also started hissing. Therefore I think it is a pretty common problem.
Cleaning it as described in the product's documentation and in other Fixya solutions such as this one:
seems to help a lot of the time. Also, more frequent cleaning (don't let it get too dirty or wait until the light comes on) seems to help. However, I've had time where no amount of cleaning, blowing air, claning the wires, etc. will make it quiet.
That brings me to my point:
I recently had to take the whole unit apart after it totally stopped functioning. This had nothing to do with cleaning, but was a bad switch (my posts regarding this fix are also on Fixya). What may be relevant is that when I had the unit apart, not only did everything get a good cleaning, but I also found several dead insects that were down in the bottom part, down by the power supply components, down where you would not normally clean because that area would be behind plastic covers.
After removing the insects and blowing that area out with a can of air and dusting with a cloth, after reassembling everything my Ionic Breeze is running the quietest it has since it was new, and when it does make noise, normal cleaning makes it go away.
What I am suggesting is that maybe some of these chronic noise problems that so many people experience are due to dead bugs or dirt beyond the area that one normally cleans.
BE CAREFUL IF YOU REMOVE THOSE COVERS. YOU DON"T WANT AN ELECTRIC SHOCK. MAKE SURE THE UNIT IS UNPLUGGED AND DON'T TOUCH ANYTHING WITH A CONDUCTOR MATERIAL OR YOUR HANDS.
When my unit makes that sizzling noise, I clean the blades but before I replace them, I blow compressed air (in the can, like for your computer keyboard) in the body, though the grids. Then I turn the whole unit upside down for the three seconds, several times. Then I replace the blades. Sometimes the noise stops right away, but sometimes its takes a while. But it stops.
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Unfortunately Sharper Image has discontinued support on the product line. There was a recall going on with the product but since the company is chapter 11 right now, I don't think it is being honored right now. What happened was Consumer Reports ran a test on ionizers, Sharper Image received a bad score and filed a lawsuit. They lost the suit and had to pay all legal bills. EPA has reported that using ionizers in a house or business may be harmful to your health. You can read an article about it on their website. The Consumer Products Safety Commission is going to release a final report on all ionizers by the end of the year. Their decision may discontinue all sales of any ionizers in the United States. This industry should have been regulated years ago just by the EPA data alone and for some reason it has been ignored.
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I had one that had the "needs cleaning" light was on. After cleaning, the light stayed on. I checked around at the time and learned it couldn't be fixed, and it was out of warrantee. I believe that's why they stopped making them. Mine was just thrown away.
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.
take out the insert and clean it real good ... there is a leaver on back of the machine move it up and down about 10 times to clean the strands ...... make sure you clean the 3 steel thin metal strips good let it dry before you put it back in to the machine ..... + i have that same machine - i have 2 cats - it gets dirty quick
pss the poping sound is the machine is telling you it is dirty ... static electric charge
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.
It took a while, however first check that the wire cleaning balls are free to move. The small grabbers do not always do their job. Next you will most likely find that the sizzle noise is coming from the top and or the bottom. Carefully turn the unit upside down then right side up again to clean the wire. Take a Qtip and dab with rubbing alcohol. Carefully and I do mean carefully put it in the unit and clean the wire where it is held on both top and bottom. Bata bing......... Hope this helps.
Turn the ionic breeze off, unplug it, and turn it upside down. The wires on the bottom of the unit collect dust. There are beads on the wires to scrape that dust off. Turn the unit upside down, and then right side up gently 7 or 8 times and the noise should go away. Yu may need to do this once or twice a week and after cleaning the blades.
I have a sharper image ionic breeze hybrid gp that ran fine for years unitl it recently started sparking / arcing at the base of the grid blades and always in the same spot. I cleaned it several times but the sparking always came back and the unit went into either "drying grid" or "attention required" mode. The solution I found was to stand the removable grid in 2 inches of Pine-Sol cleaner 50/50 diluted with water for 24 hours then brush again with the cleaning brush and hot water. Presto! No more sparking.