Carrier Aira Specifications

AIRA
ELECTRONIC
AIR CLEANER
A GUIDE TO OPERATING YOUR ELECTRONIC AIR CLEANER
HOMEOWNER’S GUIDE
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NOTE TO INSTALLER: THIS MANUAL SHOULD BE LEFT WITH THE EQUIPMENT USER.
BREATH OF SPRING-FRESH AIR . . .
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Congratulations on your excellent choice and sound investment in this addition to your home comfort system.
Your electronic air cleaner represents both the latest in engineering development and the culmination of many years of experience from one of the most reputable manufacturers of
comfort systems.
Your new unit is among the most energy-efficient and reliable
air filtration products available today. To assure its dependability, spend just a few minutes with this booklet now. Learn about
the operation of your electronic air cleaner and the small
amount of maintenance it takes to keep it operating at peak
efficiency.
With minimal care, your electronic air cleaner will provide you
and your family with clean, healthy, and comfortable air—
from season to season, and year to year.
YOUR ELECTRONIC
AIR CLEANING UNIT
YOUR INDOOR AIR POLLUTION SOLUTION
The highest value of clean air is in its contribution to the good
health and comfort of you and your family. Additional benefits
include potential savings in home heating, cooling, and maintenance costs.
Your new air cleaner will electronically filter out microscopic
particles as small as 0.01 micron. At that size, it would take
100,000 particles to cover the head of a pin. Such particles are
500 times smaller than the smallest grains of dust trapped by
conventional furnace filters.
Airborne pollutants commonly found in the household are
lint, dust, ash, pet hair and dander, pollen, fungus, spores,
bacteria, viruses, cooking grease, and possibly tobacco
smoke odors.
By ridding your home of most of these pollutants, the whole
family can breathe fresher, safer air. Moreover, family members suffering from hay fever, asthma, or allergies may find
relief, since electronic filtering removes many of the airborne
particles responsible for aggravating these ailments. Electronic
filtering removes airborne particles before they have a chance
to settle, so walls, windows, draperies, and furnishings stay
clean and bright longer.
If your home is equipped with central air conditioning or a heat
pump, electronic air cleaning can optimize your system’s performance by keeping the indoor coil clean. At today’s energy
rates, the potential savings can be significant.
HOW YOUR AIR CLEANER WORKS
Contaminated air enters the prefilter (the mesh filter) where the
larger airborne particles are removed. These include hair, fibers
from carpets and drapes, pet hair, and some lint particles. (See
Fig. 1a.)
The air then passes through the ionizer/collector cells. The ionizer wires produce positive ions that give airborne particles a
positive electrical charge. (See Fig. 1b.)
Opposites attract: Airflow continues, passing between the collector plates. The positively charged particles are attracted and
trapped by the grounded collector plates. (See Fig. 1c.) These
particles continue to cling to the plates until you or your service
technician remove the plates for cleaning.
Meanwhile, the purified air leaves the air cleaner and circulates
into your living space. (See Fig. 1d.)
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Fig. 1—Air Cleaner Process
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3. Set the FAN mode on the thermostat. When set to AUTO,
the air cleaner and system blower will run only while the
thermostat operates the heating or cooling equipment.
When the FAN mode is set at the ON position, the air
cleaner and blower will run continuously—regardless of
whether the cooling or heating equipment is operating.
4. Select operating mode of HEAT, COOL, or AUTO.
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NOTE: The operation light (green) indicates that power is
available to the electronic air cleaner. It does not indicate that
power is available to the cells.
NOTE: An occasional arcing (snapping) noise is normal during the operation of your air cleaner. Continuous arcing, however, indicates that cleaning is required. Refer to directions on
cleaning your electronic air cleaner.
PERFORMING ROUTINE
MAINTENANCE
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HORIZONTAL
A - AIR CLEANER
F - FURNACE OR AIR HANDLER
R - INCOMING AIR FROM HOME (RETURN)
S - CLEAN AIR TO HOME (SUPPLY)
Fig. 2—Typical EAC Installations
OPERATING YOUR ELECTRONIC
AIR CLEANER
Your new electronic air cleaner is designed to operate as part
of your heating/cooling system. After the air cleaner is turned
on, it will operate whenever the furnace or air handler blower
is running.
Your electronic air cleaner will perform at maximum efficiency
if these recommendations are followed:
• Consider running the heating/cooling system blower continuously—day and night, winter and summer. Continuous
blower operation provides for constant air filtration. It may
also contribute to greater personal comfort since continuous
blower operation minimizes temperature differences
throughout the home.
• Supply-air and return-air grilles should not be blocked.
Drapes, furniture, and toys are some of the items commonly
found obstructing grilles. Restricted airflow reduces the efficiency of the air cleaner, as well as that of the whole comfort
system.
• The electronic air cleaner must be properly cleaned and maintained.
With the proper maintenance and care, your electronic air
cleaner will operate economically and dependably. Maintenance can be accomplished easily by referring to the following
directions. However, before performing any maintenance, consider these important safety precautions:
• DISCONNECT ALL ELECTRICAL POWER TO THE AIR
CLEANER AND FURNACE OR AIR HANDLER BEFORE
PERFORMING ANY SERVICE OR MAINTENANCE.
NOTE: THERE MAY BE MORE THAN 1 ELECTRICAL
DISCONNECT SWITCH.
The prefilter and ionizer/collector cells should be checked for
dirt regularly. Accumulated dirt needs to be removed from
these components to maintain efficient air filtration.
Regular inspection allows you to determine the cleaning
schedule best suited to your home’s operating conditions. The
first electronic air cleaning of your home may collect more
particles over a shorter period than will be normal for future
operation.
As your air cleaner collects particles, its cleaning efficiency
will decline which makes it all the more important to clean
your air cleaner regularly.
At minimum, the prefilter and collection cells will need to be
cleaned 4 or 6 times per year. Ask your dealer about the installation of a Carrier thermostat which has a “Clean Filter”
capability to remind homeowners to check/clean their air
cleaner. After about 400 hr of operation, the thermostat will
display a “Clean Filter” icon when it is time to clean the filter.
(See Fig. 3.)
START-UP PROCEDURES
1. Ensure the air cleaner’s door handle is engaged, latched,
and power switch turned ON, powering unit.
2. Set the temperature control selector on your indoor thermostat. Choose a setting above current room temperature
if heating is required. Set the temperature control selector
below room temperature if cooling is needed.
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Fig. 3—Thermostat
CLEANING PROCEDURES
Regular washing is necessary to insure proper performance. A
thorough washing once every 2–3 months will be adequate for
most installations. More frequent washing (once a month) may
be necessary on some installations (new homes for example)
where there is new carpeting, plaster dust, or there is above
normal cigarette smoke. (See Fig. 4.)
the positioning screw on the bottom, it is probably in a
wrong position.)
b. Reposition the access door (engage the tips on the lower
edge of the door into the slots in the cabinet). Carefully
close the door.
c. Turn the air cleaner switch to ON.
1. To remove the cells and prefilter
a. Push the air cleaner switch to OFF. Wait 15 seconds.
Open the access door.
OPERATION CHECKLIST
• Check the setting on your indoor thermostat. The FAN
should be set at ON position for
continuous blower and electronic air cleaner operations, or
AUTO if you wish the blower
and air cleaner to function only
when heating or cooling is required.
b. Carefully remove the cells and prefilter, and set aside.
c. Avoid damage to the cell plates and ionizing wires.
2. To wash the cells in a tub
a. Place enough hot water in a utility tub to cover the cell.
Electronic air cleaner concentrate solution (Part No.
P902-2001) is recommended. (The solution is available
from your dealer through our Replacement Components
Division.) As an alternative, 2 to 4 oz of automatic dishwasher detergent (not laundry detergent) can be used.
b. Allow the cell to soak for 30 minutes. Agitate it up and
down in the solution until it appears clean, then remove.
c. Repeat with the second cell.
d. Agitate the prefilter up and down in the solution until
they appear clean.
e. With a hose, rinse the cells and prefilter. The hose should
be held about 10 in. from the cell plates and at a slight
angle for better cleaning results. The cell frame should
be thoroughly rinsed along the edges to dislodge any
trapped lint or dirt. Carefully wipe a damp cloth or sandpaper (not emery cloth) along the ionizing wires.
f. Stand the cells and prefilter up to drain. Let dry for 2 hr.
We do not recommend washing the electronic air cleaner
cells in the dishwasher. Not only can the collector plates and
ionizing wires be easily damaged, but dirt from the cells and
prefilter can permanently stain plastic dishwasher linings.
3. To replace the cells and prefilter
a. Replace the prefilter and cells in the cabinet. Check that
the arrow on the cells points in the same direction as the
air flows through the duct. The arrow should be pointing
to the air handler or furnace. (If you have to force it past
• Check the power switch on
your electronic air cleaner. Be
sure it is ON and the power indicator lamps (green and red) are
glowing.
• Check the main power disconnect switch. Verify that the circuit breakers are ON or that fuses have not blown. If you must
reset breakers or replace fuses, do so only once. Contact your
servicing dealer for assistance if breakers trip or fuses blow a
second time.
• Check electronic air cleaner components. Check for proper
orientation of the prefilter and ionizer/collector cells. The prefilter must be on the farthest side from the furnace. Arrows
stamped on the sides of the cells must point in the direction of
the furnace. The prefilter and cells must be clean and dry.
• Check for sufficient airflow. Check for blocked return-air or
supply-air grilles. Be sure grilles are open and unobstructed.
If your comfort system still fails to operate, contact your servicing dealer for troubleshooting and repairs. Specify your apparent problem, and state the model and serial numbers of your
equipment.
With this information, your dealer may be able to offer helpful
suggestions over the phone, or save valuable time through
knowledgeable preparation for the service call.
NOTE
AIR FLOW
DIRECTION ARROW
SHOULD POINT TO
THE FURNACE OR
AIR HANDLER
REMOVE
SOAK
RINSE
Fig. 4—Cleaning Procedures
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DRIP-DRY
REPLACE
REGULAR DEALER MAINTENANCE
In addition to the routine maintenance that you perform, your
electronic air cleaner should be inspected regularly by a properly trained service technician. The inspection (preferably each
year, but at least every other year) should include the following:
• Routine inspection of ionizer wires. Service should include
realignment or replacement as required.
• A check of all electrical wiring and connections.
• Operational check of the complete comfort system to determine actual working condition. Necessary repair and/or adjustment should be performed at this time.
Your servicing dealer may offer an economical service contract
that covers seasonal inspections. Ask for further details.
Record the model and serial numbers of your new electronic
air cleaner in the spaces provided on page 8. This information,
along with the other ready-reference facts requested below,
may be required if you should ever need information or service.
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FAN COIL
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HUMIDIFIER
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AIR CLEANER
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Model No.
Serial No.
Date Installed
Dealer Name
Address
City
State
Zip
Telephone
TO OBTAIN INFORMATION ON PARTS: Consult your installing dealer or the classified section of your local telephone directory under the
“Heating Equipment’’ or “Air Conditioning Contractors & Systems’’ heading for dealer listing by brand name.
Have available the Model No., Series Letter, & Serial No. of your equipment to ensure correct replacement part.
Carrier Corporation
Indianapolis, IN 46231
Manufacturer reserves the right to discontinue, or change at any time, specifications or designs without notice and without incurring obligations .
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