Here's the problem:
When I turn the unit on, it always switches over to the "drying grid" mode, where it stays. It never finishes drying the grid and never goes back into operational mode.
I've cleaned the grid thoroughly, as well as the wires and the unit as a whole. The grid is completely dry.
Any hints or clues as to why it keeps thinking the grid is wet? How do I get it to function properly?
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.
I found the voltage multiplier was the problem. The black module with the two spikes that the grid sits on. I had a spare unit for parts, and replaced the module... Problem solved. Now does anyone know where you can buy spare parts ?
I found a fix. in the back are these metal strings that run along the unit inside. Take the back cover off and you'll see the strings and they may be caked with rust. I took a few piece of cotton and some rubbing alcohol to clean the strings. (Be careful not to break them), After all the white residue was removed, I turned it back on, It sparked a few times at first and went red. I tried it again and several sparks again, but after that, it started working again!!! See if that helps
I just had the same problem, saw that it was a big issue and decided to "go for broke" to fix it. I took care to notice exactly which "blade" was causing the spark and tried wedging it with paper, plastic, rubber; all to no avail. Then I decided what the heck, I took a pair of needle-nose pliers and ripped out the metal blade at the bottom where the spark was occurring and folded it back against itself so that it was no longer "seated" into the bottom of the unit where the sparking was occurring. I took care to bend the parts back in line with the blade so that lined up and could be removed and replaced into the unit without scraping anything. When I put it back in, there was one last "spark" then, voila; it was fixed - no more "drying" indicator, it's working again!!! Please let me know if it works for you too.
I posted my problem here on Nov. 26, 2007 and haven't found any new information on repair. While doing Christmas shopping, I learned that Sharper Image has a 1-yr warrenty and a 3-yr replacement guarantee for product with original cost under $500. The replacement costs for the same "refurbished" Hybrid GP model is $49.95. Considering the failure rate for Hybrid GP and difficulty in getting repair info, I exchanged for a less costly model, Quandra, to off set the replacement cost. Mostly, I chose the Quandra for its ease in maintenance as I don't plan on going back for another replacement! The Quandra has only 3 blades to wipe, not multiple hard-to-reach slots.
Replacing the unit was quick and easy. I took the borken unit back to the Portland, OR store, where I made the purchase with no receipt. The sales person pulled up the transaction and verified that the unit was purchased by me within the last 3 yrs. I walked out the store with a "refurbished" model of my choice. I didn't pay any additional amount and am very happy with the Quandra.
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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.
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.
I had the same problem and could not find an answer anywhere. So here's what I figured out. The small wires running from top to bottom just inside the cover are your problem. Not the metal grid with plates that you can remove. The buzzing sound you heard is the resistance one or more of the wires is causing. The resisitance tells the pc board that your grid must be wet and therefore the unit goes into drying mode. I replaced my small wires and my unit is working better than ever. The wire is .005 diameter( important so that you keep the same resistance flowing to the pc board) and can be purchased at any good suppy house. I have since repaired another unit with an even simplier fix. I took the unit into a dark room and then turned it on. Watching the grid I could see the wire arching that was causing the resistance. Unplugged the unit, turned it over and with a flat head screw driver pushed the wire off its base connedtion. Turned the unit right side up and removed the wire from its top support. The unit works fine without the troubled wire. Hope this helps.
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.
I had the same problem with mine, it would start then go into drying mode. I got it to work properly by smacking it around for about a week then it went back to it's lil tricks with drying mode again. After trying just about everything short of using it for target pratice, I made sure it was clean and dry then I turned it to the Medium setting, pressed the power button waited just a second for the fan to go into the meduim fan level, then I pressed the power button again holding it in before it went into the drying cycle, while I held the button, (don't release) I wadded up some tape to keep the button depressed then I put some tape over that to keep it that way. It works perfect! Note, mine never had any crackling issues to begin with, just the drying cycle thing so use this suggestion at your own risk. Good luck!
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.