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  1. AJackson

    AJackson Guest

    I have a electro-static air cleaner.
    This electrical system init is inside the air-condition/heater air duct.
    This system has a removable electro-static charged plates in the air flow.

    In time, these plates are coated with dirt.
    I can wipe it off using a Q-tip.
    But these fins are too narrow gaps to wash.
    I tried Windex and did not do much.
    Is there a good way to wash off these dust & dirt?
     
  2. Charles

    Charles Guest

    Pressure washer and plain water. If your garden hose has good pressure,
    that might do it.
     
  3. Jim Yanik

    Jim Yanik Guest

    will it fit in your auto dishwasher? that will degrease it nicely.
     
  4. CJT

    CJT Guest

    dishwasher
     
  5. Ken Weitzel

    Ken Weitzel Guest

    Hi...

    That's what the manufacturer suggested for mine; but I found the
    idea to be at best a bit unappetizing...

    Far better, for me at least, was to hose it down vigorously in
    the driveway.

    Take care.

    Ken
     
  6. D from BC

    D from BC Guest

    Pressure washer
    D from BC
     
  7. CJT

    CJT Guest

    Your choice, but you breathe whatever crud is on it.
     
  8. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    I run them through the dishwasher, no need to use detergent but just a tiny
    bit helps.
     
  9. Bob F

    Bob F Guest

    You would want to use a detergent that is "safe" with aluminum.

    Or you can just hose it off, or soak it in dish soap and then hose it
    off. Watch out for the pressure washer - you could easily bend the
    precipitor plates.

    Bob
     
  10. Chris Jones

    Chris Jones Guest

    Probably the dust contains quite a bit of polonium etc. like the dust that
    sticks to TV screens. If you wipe down a recently used TV and try it with a
    geiger counter, it's quite interesting. I think it comes from the decay
    products of radon. If the dust is left for a few days then it is no longer
    noticeably radioactive.
    http://www.blackcatsystems.com/science/radiation.html

    Chris
     
  11. AJackson

    AJackson Guest

    The brand:
    White Rogers, Electro-Air Super Slim Twin, Electo-Air Cleaner.
    Model: SST. Model # 20C26S-01002.

    We tried: Dishwasher, windex, 409, hosing it down, garden hose, -- not
    effective.

    It still has lots of continous spark when the air-conditioner is running.
     
  12. CJT

    CJT Guest

    Either the dirt is not on the plates, but elsewhere in the device, or
    else you've bent one or more of the plates.
     
  13. GregS

    GregS Guest

    When it sticks to it, it does not come off to breath.

    Especially smoke particles are best taken off by spraying with a harsh
    cleaner like Castrol Superclean or Greased Lightning. Spray it on, let soak, and
    wash it off. repeat if necessary. Large dust particles should first be driven off with
    an outside air gun or water hose.

    greg
     
  14. GregS

    GregS Guest

    I have tried to measure with hand counters and can no get anything to register.
    You really need a long term monitor to measure very small traces. While I have not
    actually tried the TV, I have tried carbon filters.

    There might be a film or discoloring or corrosion on the plates which will only slighty
    affect performance.

    greg
     
  15. Guest

    A good dishwasher (makes and) uses 180F water, a strong chlorine-
    bleach/phosphorous-based detergent and considerable heat to dry. It
    also will accept and clean (properly) unrinsed plates complete with
    pasta-sauce and small bits of food, fine china and so forth. I am not
    so sure which is less appetizing: congealed food, grease and gravy or
    dust and oils taken out of the air that... coincidentally.... we also
    breath. Either way, the actual quantities involved inside that filter
    are in the milligrams vs. the many grams on a single dinner plate.

    The dishwasher (if a good one) is the way to go. You just might be
    shocked and amazed at what has gone through our unit, with uniformly
    good results.

    Peter Wieck
    Wyncote, PA
     
  16. GregS

    GregS Guest

    If the assembly is plastic, I would be carefull with heat.

    You can also cook fish in the dishwasher.

    greg
     
  17. Guest


    Top rack.

    One "steams" fish in a dishwasher. Cooking it is hardly the correct
    term. Bluefish does very nicely that way but I still prefer a
    traditional steamer....

    Peter Wieck
    Wyncote, PA
     
  18. Jim Yanik

    Jim Yanik Guest

    (GregS) wrote in
    When it sticks to it, it does not come off to breath.

    Especially smoke particles are best taken off by spraying with a harsh
    cleaner like Castrol Superclean or Greased Lightning. Spray it on, let
    soak, and wash it off. repeat if necessary. Large dust particles
    should first be driven off with an outside air gun or water hose.

    greg
    [/QUOTE]

    Auto dishwasher detergent is superb at removing grease.
    Perhaps the detergent the OP used left a anti-spotting film and that's why
    the filter arcs.
     
  19. Jim Yanik

    Jim Yanik Guest

    (GregS) wrote in
    I never use the dryer built into the dishwasher.
    for electronics,I use a temp-controlled drying oven.
     
  20. Guest

    We have a unit that does not have an exposed drying element but uses
    hot air blown across an internal coil. So it is far more gentle on
    plastics than otherwise.I have put motors, circuit boards and all
    sorts of stuff through with no harm or residue. The most impressive
    'clean' is when we put the grease-catching filters from the exhaust
    hood through, although the hot-tub filters are a close second.

    I would not use an exposed-element DW to dry anything electronic as
    you suggest.

    Peter Wieck
    Wyncote, PA
     
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