Why Does My Oreck Air Purifier Spark?

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The Oreck air purifier is an air filtration system that removes ozone, odors and dangerous airborne particles from the air. It is common for the purifier to spark, crackle or pop during operation. A spark indicates that the air purifier captured a large air particle. Excessive sparking may warrant cleaning or repair.


The Oreck air purifier rids the air of microorganisms such as dust, bacteria, fungi, viruses, mold and odor. The main purification component is the Truman cell, which charges and collects particles through electrostatic activity.


Random popping, sparking and crackling, or arcing is normal. If arcing is excessive, it may be time to clean the Truman cell. If that does not solve the problem, call the Oreck customer maintenance team for repair service or take your purifier to a local Oreck store. Oreck's direct customer service phone number is 1-800-219-2044.


The Truman cell must be cleaned every 30 days to ensure proper air filtration. To remove the cell, unplug the purifier and place the purifier on its side with the hinged cover facing upward. Press the release button to open the cover. Pull the collector cell handle and remove the cell in a straight and upward motion. Place the cell in warm water or a combination of warm water and mild liquid detergent. For added protection, spray Oreck Assail-a-Cell cleaner directly on each cell. Rinse and dry the Truman cell. Reattach by sliding the cell back into the slots and replacing the cover.

Other Explanations

Improper use of the Oreck air purifier may also cause sparking or fire. Avoid pulling out the electrical cord during operation, as this may sparking. Cleaning or repairing the machine during operation may also cause a spark or electrical shock.

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