Sharper Image's Ionic Breeze is an air purifier designed to remove dust, pollen and other airborne particles from the indoor environment. It is noiseless and odorless, operating in the background to keep your indoor air clean. People with respiratory ailments such as bronchitis or asthma may find that their breathing improves with the use of such an air purifier. Occasionally, the Ionic Breeze unit may make a crackling sound, which can indicate a malfunction in the unit or merely that it needs cleaning.
Turn the power switch to the "OFF" position on the Ionic Breeze and unplug it if you start to hear crackling noises emanating from it. Remove the dirt collection grid from the unit by sliding it out.
Turn the Ionic Breeze gently upside down and right side up three to four times. Wipe the collection grid blades with a soft cloth to remove any buildup of dirt and debris. Dampen the soft cloth with water to remove any stubborn dirt left behind on the grid. Let the collection grid dry completely.
Reinsert the collection grid by sliding it back into the air purifier until it clicks into place. Plug in the Ionic Breeze again and turn it on. Listen for any crackling noises.
Turn off or move other appliances such as receivers, mobile phones or answering machines away from the Ionic Breeze to prevent electrical interference if the crackling noise is still present.
Try plugging the unit into another outlet by itself if there is more crackling. Make sure that you have a grounded outlet, as some older homes may not have grounded outlets. Do not use the Ionic Breeze with an extension cord or electrical plug adapter.
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