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How to Troubleshoot Honeywell Electronic Air Cleaners

Honeywell, a manufacturer of thermostats, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, also offers a line of air cleaners including electronic models. These models use a three-stage filtration system to produce an electronic charge that is said to collect up to 99 percent of airborne particles in your home. It's not difficult to troubleshoot the unit if problems occur.


Step 1

Turn on your furnace or air conditioner blower if the electronic air cleaner does not operate.  Close and latch the air cleaner's access door firmly as an interlock may prevent the air cleaner from operating.


Step 2

Turn off the air cleaner for two to three hours if you hear a frequent snapping sound.  While this sound is normal to hear occasionally, hearing it often may mean the electronic cells are wet from washing and need time to dry.

If this doesn't resolve the issue, check the cells for bent plates or broken ionizer wires.  Contact a heating contractor for repair.


Step 3

Turn on your air conditioner or furnace is the air cleaner's neon light does not light up.  Close the access door firmly.

Turn the "On-Off" switch to "On". 


Step 4

Call your electronic air cleaner dealer or a heating contractor if you smell a strong ozone odor, an electrical chemical smell that is difficult to describe but distinct when encountered. 

About the Author

Sommer Leigh has produced home, garden, family and health content since 1997 for such nationally known publications as "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "Midwest Living," "Healthy Kids" and "American Baby." Leigh also owns a Web-consulting business and writes for several Internet publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in information technology and Web management from the University of Phoenix.

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