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An Easy Homeowner’s Guide to Electronic Air Cleaner Maintenance

An electronic air cleaner is a device that’s specially designed to rid indoor air of an array of particles and contaminants using the principles of magnetism. Simply put, particles are given electrical charges, which in turn are attracted to oppositely-charged plates. These plates hold the particles until they’re cleaned — making electronic air cleaner maintenance an important task for homeowners.

The key to ensuring that your electronic air cleaner performs optimally, in addition to minimizing the amount of money spent in energy bills, is regular maintenance.

How to perform routine maintenance on your electronic air cleaner

  • Disconnect the power source – Prior to tackling maintenance work, you need to ensure that the power source has been disconnected. Doing so minimizes the risk of electrical shock.
  • Open the device – The electronic air cleaner can be opened by rotating the fastener knob in a counterclockwise direction. Detach the door by lifting it away from the air cleaner. Once the door is open, you should be able to remove the pre-filter and the ionizer.
  • Clean the parts – The pre-filter as well as the collection cells can be cleaned by using a soft brush alongside a vacuum cleaner. This is done in order to get rid of the accumulated dust and other debris. If a vacuum isn’t enough, you can clean the pre-filter with warm water and mild detergent.
  • Rinse and dry – Finish by thoroughly rinsing the filter and draining excess water. You can leave the filter to air dry.
  • Inspect the parts – Before reassembling the pre-filter and ionizer, take time to assess them for damage. If there are no signs of damage, reassemble the device.

For more information about your home’s electronic air cleaner, contact the pros at Meyer’s. We’re proud to serve homeowners in and around Griffith.