Air Purifier Maintenance 101
Last Updated on October 5, 2021
If you have an air purifier in your home or office, it will need some TLC from time to time. While high-quality air purifiers are built to last, you may still need to perform basic cleaning or filter changes from time to time. This article delineates the basic air purifier maintenance steps you’ll plan on taking to keep your unit running so you can breathe easier.
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Maintaining an Air Purifier
More than any other time in human history, we live in a throw-away culture. When a joystick drifts, we throw the controller away. When a work shirt rips, we retire it. As second-nature as these practices seem, they haven’t always been the norm; in previous decades, fewer affordable, accessible products necessitated the existence of repair shops. It wasn’t until the 1950s that American culture embraced disposable products and the 1970s that consumers used single-use plastics ubiquitously. Experts attribute our subsequent spiral into throw-away culture on two primary drivers: planned obsolescence and market oversaturation. Their confluence created a surplus of consumables, as well as garbage.
As environmental consciousness evolves into a mainstream sensibility, consumers crave quality, sustainable products that don’t require complete replacement when something goes awry. At Air Oasis, we meet our customers’ needs by creating high-quality air purifiers that are built to last. Additionally, we offer maintenance tips, part replacement options and warranties, so that if one component or mechanism breaks, you’re not forced to buy a whole new system. Keep reading to learn general air purifier maintenance tips, as well as how to service your Air Oasis air purifier.
Air Purifier Maintenance Tips
Whether you own an Air Oasis air purifier, a different air purifier or are still shopping for the perfect unit, there are some basic care and cleaning tips you should know. Understanding how your air purifier functions optimally will help you increase its lifespan. Regardless of brand, there are some things you should (and should never) do.
- Read your air purifier’s owner’s manual. Air purifier technology varies widely from brand to brand. Your owner’s manual is your best resource for addressing maintenance concerns, installation, replacement parts and more.
- Don’t block the air circulation. Most air purifiers have noticeable air intakes and air outlets. When these are blocked by objects or by being too close to the wall, air can’t properly circulate. Make sure your unit isn’t closer than two feet to the nearest wall or large object.
- Don’t place objects on top of your air purifier. Heavy objects can damage your unit or obstruct air flow. Additionally, placing anything that could fall into the top of your air purifier could break it.
- Don’t operate outside or on wet surfaces. Operating air purifiers outside or in water is not only ineffective, but also increases risk of fire, electrical shock and injury.
- Turn the unit off before unplugging it. Unplugging an air purifier while it’s still on can cause an electrical surge that damages the unit.
- Replace air filters regularly. If your air purifier uses replaceable filters, don’t neglect to replace them at recommended intervals. Running your air purifier with a clogged or damaged filter not only fails to effectively clean the air, but also puts unnecessary strain on your unit.
- Clean permanent filters. If your air filter has a permanent filter, it’s meant to be cleaned and reused. Consult your owner’s manual to determine whether to clean or wash your filter. If your filter is damaged, replace it before using your air purifier again.
- Don’t run a damaged air purifier. If you notice strange smells or noises, the air purifier not shutting off or not functioning properly, don’t continue to run it. These could be signs of a broken part and continuing to use the air purifier could make the problem worse. Troubleshoot the issue and reach out to the manufacturer for help.
Air Oasis Air Purifier Maintenance
Some air purifiers only employ one type of purification, such as a filter. At Air Oasis, we use a multi-tiered approach to air purification by combining several of the top technologies in each model. We utilize multiple approaches because we know that different contaminants require different methods of dispatch. For example, HEPA filters effectively trap large particulate matter, like pet dander, pollen and dust mites; however, small particulate matter, such as viruses and bacteria, smaller allergens and airborne chemicals can slip through the HEPA filter. By applying multiple technologies to our air purifiers’ designs, we achieve greater air purification.
Even though Air Oasis purifiers utilize multiple advanced technologies, users shouldn’t be nervous to perform routine maintenance. We provide our customers with comprehensive maintenance guides with instructions for how to best care for their units. However, when in doubt, it’s best to contact our customer care team at 806-373-7788.
iAdaptAir® Care and Maintenance
The iAdaptAir® HEPA purifier is the smartest home air purifier on the market and fully controllable from your smartphone. It combines the top five purification technologies — HEPA filter, carbon filter, UV light, AHPCO® ionization and Bi-Polar® ionization — to provide ozone-free, full-spectrum air purification. The comprehensive iAdaptAir® Owner’s Manual guides users through setup and installation, safety instructions, maintenance, part replacement, troubleshooting and more.
iAdaptAir® Dust Guard Maintenance
It’s essential to clean your dust guard to prevent the accumulation of debris. After powering off and unplugging your iAdaptAir®, perform the following steps:
- Remove the dust guard by pivoting it away from the unit and lifting upward.
- Vacuum the dust guard to remove debris. Then, wipe it down using a damp rag. After it’s finished drying, place it back in the iAdaptAir®.
- Insert a pipe cleaner or dowel rod that’s 0.2 inches or less in diameter into the two holes in front of the bi-polar ion brushes and knock off accumulated debris (these holes are located on the side of the unit).
- Clean the remaining exterior surfaces with a dry, soft cloth. Never use alcohol or chemicals.
iAdaptAir® Filter Replacement
When the filter replacement reminder turns red, it’s time to order a replacement filter. You can order filters from our website on an as-needed basis, or sign up for our iAdaptAir® filter replacement subscription to have one shipped to your home every six months. Once you have your replacement filter in hand, follow these steps:
- Open the filter cover by sliding it to the right.
- Lift out the old filter and replace it with the new one.
- Close the filter cover.
- On your control center, press and hold the filter replacement reminder button for three seconds to reset it.
iAdaptAir® UV Lamp Replacement
In order for it to maintain peak performance, the iAdaptAir® needs all UV lamps replaced annually. Depending on which version of the iAdaptAir® you own, you will need to replace one lamp (small unit), three lamps (medium unit) or four lamps (large unit) each year. After you’ve ordered and received your replacement UV lamps, you’re ready to replace. Start by turning off your iAdaptAir® and unplugging it. Wait for the unit to cool (UV lamps can get hot), and then follow these instructions:
- Remove the filter cartridge and dust guard.
- Gently rotate and move the UV lamp forward to release it from its clips.
- Squeeze the release level on the back of the lamp’s connector while pulling the connector apart.
- Set the old lamp aside.
- Install the new lamp to the connector and place the lamp securely in the clips.
- Insert the filter cartridge and dust guard, closing the unit.
- Take the old UV lamp to a designated disposal center near you, as it contains a small amount of mercury and must be handled responsibly.
If you know something’s wrong with your iAdaptAir® but can’t figure out what, consult the troubleshooting guide of your owner’s manual. The manual offers suggestions of what to check based on what type of malfunction your unit is experiencing. If nothing fixes the problem, don’t fret — the iAdaptAir® comes with a lifetime warranty. Simply visit Air Oasis online, hover over the “Customer Care” tab and click on “Warranty Claim” in the drop-down menu.
IonicAir™ Care and Maintenance
The IonicAir™ UV Purifier is part of the Air Oasis G3 Series. This top-of-the-line, high-quality air purifier reduces viruses, bacteria, VOCs and odors and controls mold in areas up to 600 square feet. The IonicAir™ operates quietly, cleaning air and surfaces with filterless ionization. It uses two ionization methods: long-lasting AHPCO® ionization, which uses UV light and a photocatalyst to create ions, and far-reaching Bi-Polar® ionization, which uses cold plasma ionization to remove up to 99% of airborne particulates. The G3 Series Owner’s Manual provides operating instructions and replacement directions, as well as troubleshooting, cleaning and maintenance tips.
How to Clean the IonicAir™
The IonicAir™ UV Purifier is a simple, effective solution for budget-minded people seeking cleaner indoor air. Compared to most air purifiers, the IonicAir™ requires little maintenance and few replacements. If you’d like to clean your IonicAir™, turn off the purifier and unplug it from its power source then follow these instructions:
- Clean the base and honeycomb by wiping them with a dry towel to remove dust and dirt.
- Clean the aluminum shell by using an aluminum spray polish or multi-surface cleaner. You can also use a stainless steel spray-polish if it is recommended for aluminum use.
- Clean internally by wiping a dry cloth inside the shell and around the aluminum brackets and the ballast. Alternatively, you can spray compressed air inside the shell to clean it.
- Clean the bi-polar brush heads inside the IonicAir™ by lightly tapping or flicking the brushes. This should be enough to remove accumulated dust and debris.
IonicAir™ Cell Replacement
About once every two years, you’ll need to replace your IonicAir™ purifier’s AHPCO-5G3 cell. After you’ve ordered a replacement cell, you’re ready to get started. Make sure to power off and unplug your IonicAir™ to avoid electrical shock and exposure to ultraviolet light. Let the unit sit unplugged for a while so that the inner components can cool before you handle them. Return to your IonicAir™ and follow these instructions:
- Remove the two screws that hold the outer shell to the bottom slide.
- Lift the shell up and off the internal base.
- Remove the screws from the AHPCO cell and set them aside.
- Pull the AHPCO cell to the side and remove the lamp connector, setting it carefully to the side for future disposal.
- Plug in the new AHPCO cell and slide the reset switch. The unit will beep in two years when it’s time to replace the AHPCO cell again.
- Attach the lamp connector onto the AHPCO cell and tighten the screws to secure it.
- Slide the shell back onto the base and replace the two screws.
After you’ve properly installed the replacement cell, you’ll need to dispose of the old one. It contains a small amount of mercury, so you’ll want to find a disposal center near you that will handle it responsibly.
Air Oasis Air Purifiers
Taking the time to order replacement parts, read instruction manuals and perform replacements takes intentionality, patience and a little bit of time. Although replacements can feel inconvenient, they are ultimately less costly than buying a whole new unit. Repairing appliances and everyday products not only mitigates waste but also teaches us about how our essential appliances function. Plus, you’re not in it alone — Air Oasis is here to help keep your air purifiers running efficiently for the duration of their lives.
At Air Oasis, we test each air purifier individually before sending them to their new homes. Our two most popular air purifiers, the iAdaptAir® and IonicAir™, come with lifetime warranties in the event that replacement parts don’t fix the issue. Additionally, Air Oasis customers who wish to return an air purifier bought in the last 30 days can request a refund on our website. If you’re ready to buy a high-quality air purifier with replaceable parts, impeccable customer care and a lifetime warranty, partner with Air Oasis and start breathing easier. Contact us online with questions or give us a call at 806-373-7788.