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Old 12-19-2010, 11:00 PM   #1
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I have a Bryant furnace sitting on top of an electronic Honeywell air cleaner. Been in my house for a year and have been wanting to clean the filters but for the life of me cannot figure out how to remove the cover so I can remove the filters? I am attaching pictures of the air cleaner, some with the furnace cover removed.

Beyond the fact that the filters are likely very dirty, I have been experiencing an issue with the furnace as it starts and stops intermittently. Want to clean the filters before I check the thermostat. I would welcome any other suggestions on this issue as well.

But if anyone can help me figure out how to remove the filters, I would greatly appreciate it.
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Old 12-19-2010, 11:08 PM   #2
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Should have a removable door, say 4" thick on the side of the EAC which swings off, should be on the same side the furnace is accessed from (make sure you turn it off first and let the air run for a bit to discharge the HV side of the air cleaner), once the door is off the media will slide out, they are flow directional so keep that in mind when you replace them. They can be put in the dishwasher, just make sure you handle them with care, you don't what to break any of the HV wires or have any of the receiver plates bend.

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But if anyone can help me figure out how to remove the filters, I would greatly appreciate it.

That picture shows the handle. All you have to do is pull on that handle area. The handle is opposite the little red test button. You just tug straight out on that handle and it will pop out and swing open and come off. There is a clip right behind the handle keeping it in and a tab for it to hinge off right near the other side near the red test button. Then the cartridges just slide out and you put them in the dishwasher. You may have to pull hard. You can't damage anything by pulling too hard. Pull till it pops off.
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Thank you two so much. I had been staring at that thing for a few months and never realized all I had to do was pull on the thing. I have taken off the cover and rinsed the screens and the filters.
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Do you know that there are screen filters and electronic cell to clean, right?

When you put the cover back on you be careful you line up the door with cleaner frame cause it might bow from weight of the furnace on top.

If they fit wash them in the dish washer but let them dry over night.

Even after a dish washer dry cycle there is minute amounts of water in the frame work of the cells.

All it takes is on drop of water to destroy the EAC.

Hope this helps. I'll be on for a while if you have any questions.
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Odds are the blower wheel and coil also need to be cleaned if it's been year or more since the filters were cleaned. Once the cells get dirty they no longer filter anything. Now that you know how make it a monthly chore.
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All it takes is on drop of water to destroy the EAC.

Hope this helps. I'll be on for a while if you have any questions.
I've put my cells in wet many times. The EAC (F300) has current limit protection and hasn't failed due to this.

I often let the dishwasher skip the dry cycle, but then they are still wet, I put them in and flip the switch off, then I run the circulatory fan for about an hour, then flip the switch. If I happen flip the switch on before it's dry the light just doesn't come on.. Maybe this is a feature of the newer EACs, but I thought this was also the case from my parents EAC from the mid 80s..


This is what the manual says:


1. Put the cells on the lower rack of the dishwasher with the
airflow arrow pointing up. It may be necessary to remove
the upper rack. Do not block water flow to the upper arm.
NOTE: Lay a few large water glasses between the spikes on
the lower rack and rest the cell(s) on them so the
spikes do not damage the aluminum collector blades.
2. Using regular dishwasher detergent, allow the dishwasher to run through the complete wash and rinse
cycle. Do not use the dry cycle. To avoid burns, let the
cells cool completely before removing, or wear protective
gloves when removing the cells. Remember that water
may be trapped inside the cells. Tip the cells so the
tubes can drain.
3. Wipe ionizer wires and contact board on the end of the
cell using thumb and forefinger with a small, damp cloth.
4. Inspect the dishwasher. Rerun wash and/or rinse cycle
with the dishwasher empty if there is dirt or residue from
washing the cells. If dirt or residue seems excessive,
wash cells more often or try a different detergent



I'd think if you were going to break the EAC from water, it would mention that it is going to be a problem.. It's more of a problem that you drip water half way across your house if you pull them out wet..



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I know what he manual says. But I have seen too many fried circuit boards of folks who also followed those same directions and there was always some evidence of water staining which they dry cycle did not get at.



I wish you the best.

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