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Old 10-01-2011, 12:36 PM   #1
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Hello all,

We have a two cell electronic air cleaner on our furnace that has taken to "snapping" incessantly. This used to mean a bit of fluff or something was lodged in there, but they are clean. The ducts have been professionally cleaned and the metal pre-filter is clean too.

I noticed that one of the very fine piano type wires is missing from one of the cells. Could this be the problem? The units themselves have a sticker that says EAC A811-0393 as an identifier. I have no idea who the manufacturer is, but a search of the internet leads me to believe it's a company called Electro-Air.

If this missing wire is what is causing this problem, can any fine wire be used to replace it? The ends do not have any sort of grommet, but are just wound up like a noose.

Anyway, any suggestions? I'm not adverse to doing away with the air cleaner, but the metal air filters are not enough to filter the air in my opinion. And I have a daughter who has asthma, so I'd like the air as clean as possible.

Thanks in advance for the help!

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You could just remove both cells and the prefilters and use a 4 or 5 inch media filter, Merv 8 or 10. They do a very good job and are much less maintenance.

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Old 10-01-2011, 05:31 PM   #3
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The wire ends are too close to the metal frame,or attractor plate. I would be inclined to try to put electrical tape over the ends to stop the arcing. I don't know if the wires are in series or parallel. If its in series, you will have to reconnect that wire somehow. Probably solder a new wire, but it has to have a lot of tension so it doesn't flap in the breeze. If its parallel, tape it off and go on about your day..
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:48 AM   #4
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Thanks for the advice guys. I'm going to look into the media filter idea. I'm not sure how to tell if the wires are in series or parallel. I think it's parallel as on either end of the wires are continuous strips of metal with hooks to which the wires are attached, so I would assume that if there is no wire there, the electrical charge would just go to the next wire. They are not under a ton of tension like a piano or anything, but they certainly don't flop around either. I'll have maybe carefully inspect all the surfaces for something that is causing it to arc. At least according to what Master of Cold said, it seems that the missing wire is not the cause for constant arcing.
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The ends of the missing wire is causing the arcing..
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