My wife and I recently bought a new home which has a Bryan forced gas
heater system. On the air intake for the unit, there is an electric
air cleaner ( I assume it charges the filter which attracts dust).
Anyway, shortly after moving in, the air cleaner began to spark and
make popping noises. If I look inside the cleaner while it's
operating, I could see small blue sparks jumping back and forth inside
I of course turned it off, but now there is no filter operating. We
just spent thousands rewiring, and don't have the cash to bring anyone
out for another month at least.
Does anyone have any idea what is wrong, or how it may be
Thanks so much for the info.
It just needs cleaning. The procedure for cleaning varies for different
makes and models. If you don't have the instructions (why does everyone
throw them out?) then come back and post information about the make and
model and maybe someone will be able to help. You also may be able to find
something on the internet, seach by make and model.
Not know what type of cleaner you have makes it pretty hard to troubleshoot
I used to have an older Honeywell electrostatic unit. It zapped every time a
large particle hit the grid.
I now have 2 IonicBreezes from Sharper Image. They make noise when dirty.
That is when I clean them.
Any air cleaner needs to be cleaned occasionally. In the beginning they need
cleaned more often, because they are cleaning the air from a dirty state.
(comparatively). When you clean this unit check the paper filter as well if
you have one.
Have you read the directions? Have you called the guy that installed it with
your concerns? If it is new they should be willing to come out and put your
mind at ease.
It would not say they are better, rather they are different. In some
ways the pleated paper does work better, in others the electronic works
better. It depends on what you are filtering.
I would tend to say in most cases the paper works very well with few
problems. Those selling fancy electronic units tend to make claims that are
best misleading, even when they are true.
I've had both the Honeywell type (wires and long metal plates) and the
media type ( wire mesh screen with a polyfabric between the screens).
They spark when a piece of dirt (often a hair) gets in them and the
sparking will often burn the dirt point off and stop sparking. If you
are getting continuous sparking then the unit needs to be cleaned, or
the fabric needs to be replaced. The sparking is not generally
harmful to the cleaner but sparkig produces ozone and that isn't good.
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