Maintaining Your Air Cleaner
It's easy... VERY easy. Other than
the periodic swipe of a damp cloth, the SE 400 and 800 air cleaners
require very little maintenance. Most air cleaners require you
to throw out the filter and buy a new one every year, or even as
frequent as every six weeks (depending on your pollution level).
But not these electronic air cleaners. Instead of throwing it
away, you can clean the filter and keep re-using it forever (or at
least 10 or 15 years, anyway).
When to Clean
Occasional zapping or snapping sound occurs
during normal operation. This is caused by large dirt
particles entering the unit. Don't worry, the zapping is
perfectly safe - their anti-arcing circuitry is built to take it.
If you hear snapping every minute or two, that means it's time to
clean the cell.
How to Clean
Remove the pre-filter and the collection cell.
Open the filter access door.
Support the filters as you release the
The filter and collection cell will
The pre-filter can be cleaned with an
ordinary vacuum wand. Or you can wash it along with the
collection cell (described next).
There are several ways to clean the
collection cell. Use whichever way is easiest for you.
Option 1: Run the collection cell
through your commercial dish washer. Be sure to use
non-abrasive, or non caustic detergent (safe for aluminum).
You may need to presoak it with detergent.
Option 2: Spray collection cell
with TriDex detergent or degreaser such as Simple Green®. Let
it sit for a few minutes, but don't let detergent dry. Rinse by
spraying with water. Let the detergent do all the work.
DO NOT physically rub the cells - rubbing or
scrubbing can damage the filter. When it is clean, let
it air dry over night.
Option 3: Soak collection cell in
a wash basin of TriDex detergent or non caustic / aluminum safe degreaser such as
Simple Green®. DO NOT rub or scrub
filters. Rinse with water. Check for dirt and repeat if
necessary. Let it air dry overnight.