Carrier 31KAX Specifications

Model 31KAX
Electronic Air Cleaner
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A GUIDE TO OPERATING
AND MAINTAINING
YOUR ELECTRONIC
AIR
CLEANER
NOTE TO INSTALLER: This manual should be left with the equipment owner.
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A BREATH OF SPRING-FRESH AIR . . .
YEAR-ROUND
HOW YOUR AIR CLEANER WORKS
Contaminated air enters the prefilter (the metal 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 negatively charged collector plates. (See Fig. 1c.)
These particles continue to cling to the plates until removed by
you or your service technician.
Meanwhile, the purified air leaves the air cleaner, refreshingly
free of contaminants. This clean air is circulated into your living
space by your heating and cooling system providing clean air for
breathing into your lungs. (See Fig. 1d.)
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, spring-fresh air — from season to
season, and year to year.
YOUR ELECTRONIC AIR CLEANING
UNIT
DUCT-TYPE ELECTRONIC AIR CLEANER (EAC)
The DUCT-TYPE EAC is well suited for home comfort systems
using a gas furnace, split-system air conditioner, or split-system
heat pump. If yours is a DUCT-TYPE cleaner, it is installed near
your furnace or split-system air handler. See Fig. 2 for typical
installations of a duct-mounted air cleaner.
MORE THAN JUST A BREATH OF FRESH AIR
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, pollen, fungus spores, bacteria, viruses, cooking odors,
fumes, and possibly tobacco smoke.
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 other respiratory allergies
should find exceptional relief. Electronic filtering removes up to
95% of all pollens.
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.
Electronic air cleaning removes most airborne grease and grime
particles before they have a chance to settle. Therefore, walls, windows, draperies, and furnishings stay clean and bright longer. The
time and money you save from avoidable cleaning and redecorating projects can be dedicated to more rewarding goals.
Fig. 2—Typical EAC Installations
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Fig. 1—Air Cleaner Process
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OPERATING YOUR ELECTRONIC AIR
CLEANER
Your new electronic air cleaner is designed to operate as part of
your heating/cooling system. After the cleaner’s power switch
is turned ON, the cleaner 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.
Fig. 4—Power Switch Access
NOTE: The operation light indicates that power is available to
the cells. It does not indicate that power is available to the unit.
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 page 4 for directions
on cleaning your electronic air cleaner.
ELECTRICAL POWER
DISCONNECT
PROCEDURE
To disconnect the electrical
power to your air cleaner, simply push its power switch to the
OFF position. You may continue to operate the rest of your
comfort system, or turn the
power off according to the
manufacturer’s specifications.
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Fig. 3—Thermostat
Furthermore, systems equipped with humidifiers offer the added
benefit of having the air humidified during heating.
• 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 maintained.
PERFORMING ROUTINE MAINTENANCE
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 BEFORE PERFORMING ANY SERVICE OR
MAINTENANCE.
START-UP PROCEDURES
NOTE: THERE MAY BE MORE THAN 1 ELECTRICAL
DISCONNECT SWITCH.
• ALTHOUGH SPECIAL CARE HAS BEEN TAKEN TO
MINIMIZE SHARP EDGES IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF
YOUR UNIT, BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL WHEN HANDLING PARTS OR REACHING INTO THE UNIT.
The prefilter and ionizer/collector cells should be checked regularly. Accumulated dirt will need 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 cleaning of your home may collect more particles over a shorter period than will be normal for future
operation.
1. 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.
2. Set the FAN mode. When set to AUTO, the air cleaner and
system blower will run only while the thermostat operates the
heating or cooling section. 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 section is operating.
3. Select HEAT, COOL, or AUTO.
4. Turn the air cleaner’s power switch ON. The power switch
for the DUCT-TYPE cleaner is located on the door panel. (See
Fig. 4.)
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At minimum, the prefilter and collection cells will need to be
cleaned two or three times per year.
8. Turn on the electrical supply power to your furnace, splitsystem air conditioner, or split-system heat pump.
NOTE: No drying period is needed for the prefilter and cells
before reassembly. However, the indicator lamp will not glow
and the unit will not begin to operate until thoroughly dry.
• Check the setting on your
indoor thermostat. The FAN
should be set at ON for continuous
blower and air cleaner operations,
or AUTO if you wish the blower
and cleaner to function only when
heating or cooling is required.
• Check the power switch on your
electronic air cleaner. Be sure it is
ON and the power indicator lamp is 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 air cleaner components. Check for proper orientation of
the prefilter and ionizer/collector cells. The prefilter must be on
the incoming-air side of the cells. Arrows stamped on the sides
of the cells must point in the direction of airflow. The prefilter
and cells must be clean and dry.
• Check for sufficient airflow. Check the air cleaner’s prefilter
and ionizer/collector cells for any accumulation of dirt. 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.
CLEANING PROCEDURES
1. Turn OFF all electrical power to the air cleaner and furnace,
split-system air conditioner, or split-system heat pump.
2. Open the air cleaner.
• In a DUCT-TYPE cleaner, rotate the fastener knob counterclockwise until the door is released. Remove the door by grasping the fastener knob, then lift up and away from the cabinet.
(See Fig. 5A.)
• The DUCT-TYPE prefilter simply slides out. (See Fig. 5b.)
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Fig. 5—Opening the EAC
3. Clean the prefilter. Use a vacuum cleaner and soft brush
attachment to remove accumulations of dust and lint. If further
cleaning is required, wash the prefilter with mild detergent and
water (or use pressurized spray from a garden hose or coinoperated carwash sprayer). Rinse. Then drain excess water
from the prefilter. Thorough drying is optional.
4. Remove the ionizer/collector cells from the air cleaner
cabinet.
• The DUCT-TYPE cells simply slide out of the cabinet.
5. Wash the ionizer/collector cells either manually or in an
automatic dishwasher. Complete drying of the washed cells is
optional.
• For MANUAL WASHING, fill a large container with hot water.
Add one-half cup of mild detergent for every 10 gallons of water
used. Submerge the cells in the soapy solution and allow to soak
for 20 minutes. Rinse with a garden hose or soak in clean, hot
water for 10 minutes. Allow excess water to drain from the cells.
• For a more convenient method, you may wash the cells in an
AUTOMATIC DISHWASHER. Place the cells on the lower
rack of the dishwasher. Be careful not to damage wires or bend
plates. Be sure the airflow direction arrows point up. Add a detergent specifically formulated for automatic dishwashers. Allow the dishwasher to run through a complete wash and dry
cycle. Give the cells time to cool before removing from the dishwasher. Allow any excess water to drain from cells.
6. Inspect the cells. Check for broken wires, dislocated wire
holders, or bent collector plates. If everything appears to be fine,
proceed to the next step. However, if any damage is suspected,
contact your servicing dealer for immediate repairs.
7. Reassemble your air cleaner. Insert the prefilter on the entering air side of the air cleaner. Install the ionizer/collector cells.
Be sure airflow direction arrows point away from where the prefilter is positioned.
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:
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• Routine inspection of the prefilters and ionizer/collector cells.
Clean, if necessary.
Model No.
• Routine inspection of ionizer wires. Service should include Serial No.
realignment or replacement as required.
Date Installed
• 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 below. 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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Dealer Name
Address
City
State
Telephone
Zip
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TO OBTAIN INFORMATION ON PARTS: Consult your installing dealer or classified section of your local telephone directory under the
“Heating Equipment’’ or “Air Conditioning Contractors & Systems’’ headings for dealer listing by brand name.
Have available the Model No., Series Letter & Serial No. of your equipment to insure correct replacement part.
Carrier Corporation
Syracuse, New York 13221
Manufacturer reserves the right to discontinue, or change at any time, specifications or designs without notice and without incurring obligations .
Copyright 1995 Carrier Corporation
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