Repair an electronic air purifier?

Hello, long time lurker here and now coming out of the woodwork to ask a question, please.
I have one of those stand alone air purifier towers, looks very similiar to the Sharper Image models, but smaller. Here's my problem and I'm the cause of the problem. I took the collection rod out to clean it and thought the wet cloth wasn't doing such a good job of getting rid of the dust and dirt. Ding-a-ling me used a wet paper towel that had a strong solution of Windex and extra ammonia to rid the rods of crud. Well, you guessed it, now the rods will not collect the dust. Have I ruined it completely, should I toss it, or just use it as a tall doorstop??? Any way to salvage this to make the rods attract and collect the dust now?
After everyone gets through pointing fingers at me and laughing, any help would be appreciated.
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snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net wrote:

Make sure non of the wires are broken and that any contacts are clean and shinny.
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Joseph Meehan wrote:

Oooh ok, when I get home from work I'll take gander at the contacts because on this one the wires are not broken. However, I do have one the wires are broken (and no, I didn't break them) probably no chance of getting that one fixed, is there?
Thanks so much for the help on the one I messed up!
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snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net wrote:

Well if one of the wires is broken, that's it. They need to be intact.
Don't feel too bad. While those machines (like the Sharper Image machine) do "help" clean the air, they really don't help much. You have saved money by not getting the Sharper Image machine. Note: the SI machine is now advertising their new Ozone reduction feature. That is because all of those machines create Ozone and it would appear the feds got after them to too much.
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On Sat, 25 Feb 2006 20:41:32 GMT, "Joseph Meehan"

Can't they put tubes on those things and run the ozone up to the ozone layer? Wouldn't that make everything better?
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Joseph Meehan wrote:

Oooh ok, when I get home from work I'll take gander at the contacts because on this one the wires are not broken. However, I do have one the wires are broken (and no, I didn't break them) probably no chance of getting that one fixed, is there?
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On 25 Feb 2006 09:39:16 -0800, snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net wrote:

It always was, is and always will be a tall doorstop. You just never realized it. It was a waste of money unless you live every minute 6 inches away from it. If you want an electronic air purifier, get something like a whole house Honeywell or Aprilaire unit mounted to your furnace system. Now of course you also have the ozone issue you have to think about. Bubba
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Bubba wrote:

It did help to cut down on the dust, of course no house is ever going to be completely dust-free, but it did help. Also, I noticed strong cooking odors disappeared rather quickly. No allergies here, thank goodness, but I did like the fact that dust wasn't as much as a problem as quickly as it has been since I haven't had it turned on.
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On 26 Feb 2006 14:34:08 -0800, snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net wrote:

I'm not criticizing, but what is wrong with cooking odors? I always like it when I come home and smell food cooking. And later on, it's like eating again without the calories.

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As Bubba states, those air purifiers are a POS. You were separated from less of your money than you would have been seperated from if you bought a Sharper Image, but you still got yourself screwed. Don't fix it, it will work almost as well broken. Go buy a good air cleaner that has a fan installed in it. Try April-aire or Honeywell as Bubba suggested. What P. T. Barnum said applies here.
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