I have been cleaning the removable grid units from my furnace electronic
air cleaner for 11 years now and cleaning them in the dishwasher. I have
not had any problems doing this for 11 years.
I cleaned them again 10 days ago and just found a wire loose in the
bottom of the dishwasher. It msut have came off the grid unit (1 of 2).
Inspected the grid unit and yes it did come off the larger unit. Very
thin gage stiff wire, one end had a metal crimp wedge shaped on it, and
the other (judging from the remaining ones on other grids-- 5-7 more of
them on the same larger unit) end was missing and seemed to have just
broken off. Broken wire short by an inch or so.
I had no other wire to match it, but found the closest I could, spliced
it in by stripping it & twisting and reconnected it. Not entirely sure
it will hold permanently but seems okay.
Electonic air cleaner control lights come on, and a few clicks & pops
when dirt is captured and static charge is released can be heard when
blower is running.
Unit seems okay, no shorts other grids & wires remaining all okay.
Is this okay to have done this?
I banged on my ducts and it did seem to release some dirt and unit
clicked away but I really can't believe my 11 year old ducts are that
clean. But unit seems to be running albeit quietly.
Thanks in advance.