r. Please give detailed instructions. I am afraid that I will break the cover, because I can’t see how it should detach.
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Most people don`t realize the importance of cleaning and replacing their vacuum filters. But your vacuum is just like any other appliance in your home, it requires maintenance. If the filter isn`t clean, it can impact the performance of the vacuum.
When do I need to change my HEPA Ray Filter? The EPA recommends sticking to the manufacturer`s recommendations, with most brands typically recommending a filter replacement every 60 to 90 days.
Although it depends on the specific filter you have, as a rule of thumb, replaceable HEPA filters should be replaced every 6-12 months, depending on air quality and environmental factors. Carbon pre-filters should be replaced every 3 months, depending on air quality and environmental factors.
HEPA, or high efficiency particulate air filters filter out particles as small as 0.3 microns and keep them from being released back into air by your vacuum cleaner`s exhaust. It`s good practice to change your vacuum cleaner`s HEPA filter every 6 months.
Look for the serial number and test results printed on true or absolute HEPA filters. Make sure that the test results at 0.3 microns are 99.97 percent or above. The size of 0.3 microns is the testing standard, because most filters will perform better with both smaller and larger particles.
The minimum standard should be that the manufacturer makes a HEPA claim and states the filtration efficiency and particle size retained, so that you can be sure that it is actually the HEPA standard of 99.97% efficiency capturing particles as small as 0.3 micrometers.
Turn the suction unit “off” and allow vacuum to drop. Disconnect the suction unit from its power source. Disconnect the tubing from the canister and remove from holder. Carefully remove lid and empty contents.
Your filters get clogged with bacteria, dust, smoke, mold, and other particles. These can all affect the air quality in your home as well as the performance of your vacuum`s cleaning abilities, if the filter is clogged you will find the suction and general performance of your vacuum will be minimized.
Many vacuums have not one but two filters. The pre-motor or air inlet filter can be found before airflow travels past the motor.
The bottom line is that Shop-Vac units shouldn`t be utilized without a filter. The vacuum will work without one, but it might not work better. Numerous other consequences might occur. You may create an even bigger mess than the one you needed to clean.
Failing to replace a filter means you won`t get the same high-quality water filtration, and you`ll also be at risk of drinking water that`s contaminated with bacteria and other contaminants that have leached into your water from the degraded filter media.
HEPA filters are not designed to be washed and reused. Doing so will cause damage to the fibers which makes the filter ineffective and it will become void of its job. Once a filter has reached the maximum capacity of harmful particles, it will need to be replaced with a fresh, new one.
Soapy water and a rag will do the trick. There`s no substitute for time. After cleaning the air filter with kerosene or a filter-specific application, let it dry naturally. Following that step, be sure to wash the filter with soap and warm water.
HEPA filters are limited to particulates. There are harmful gases and fumes that may just pass through a HEPA filter. HEPA filters may cause air to become too dry. Finally, some HEPA filters may produce ozone, which is an unhealthy gas that can irritate the lungs.
Can you clean a HEPA filter? If your HEPA filter is not specifically labeled as washable or “permanent,” then the answer is no – while it may still filter the air it will have reduced effectiveness after washing.
HEPA filters are also not designed to be washed. Washing a true HEPA filter can easily damage it so that it can no longer filter properly. Plus, the amount of particles washing it will remove will be low anyway.
Remember that active carbon filters cannot be washed, they must be replaced instead. These filters have an important anti-odor action and water immersion will very likely damage them, with loss of their purifying action!
Since air pollution is a pervasive and continuous problem, it`s best to leave your air purifier on all day. There are no perceived drawbacks to keeping your unit running all the time, and if the filters are changed on time it can help to reduce pollutants in the home.
H13-H14 HEPA are within the highest tier of HEPA air filtration and are considered medical-grade. “A HEPA grade of H13 can remove 99.95% of all particles in the air measuring 0.2 microns in diameter, while a HEPA grade H14 removes 99.995%,” says Nagl.
Fake filters have 50% less filtration material than real filters. IQAir filters are lauded for their extremely dense HyperHEPA design. The HEPA standard only requires filters to be tested for removing up to 99.97% of paticles down to 0.3 microns.
You cannot clean a HEPA filter by using something like a vacuum because the particles are trapped not only on the surface of the filter but also deep inside the media,” Bloemer says. Don`t even think about running it under your sink, either—liquids like water and soap will destroy the filter media, he adds.
Rinse the filter

Any fine dust remaining in the filter can usually be removed with a gentle rinse under a cold tap – hold the filter under the running water until the water runs clear. You shouldn`t need to use any detergent – just water.

It can take your air purifier 30 minutes to clean air in a small room. For larger rooms, it can take up to 2 to 3 hours. Invest in an air quality monitor to test your air quality. The worse it is, the longer you`ll want your air purifier running.
This type of air filter can theoretically remove at least 99.97% of dust, pollen, mold, bacteria, and any airborne particles with a size of 0.3 microns (µm). The diameter specification of 0.3 microns corresponds to the worst case; the most penetrating particle size (MPPS).

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I have a progressive 360 model 116.27814. I want to change the exhaust filter and I cannot get the filter cover off of the back of the canister. Please give detailed instructions. I am afraid that I will break the cover, because I can’t see how it should detach.
ANSWER : There should be tabs that need to be pressed in, and will allow the filter cover to be removed to access the filter. On some models, the tabs are accessed from the bottom by tilting the unit on its side, or by simply pressing them in from the top, then pull the filter cover up.

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i have a samsung keypad door lock .
i want to change the pin access code…but cannot find the instruction manual. do you know where i can find one ..or can you give me any instructions on it.
i think it is the dl 5120 model

please help

thanks alot
mally leigh

.You can download the user guide for your 5120 from below website .
.Thank you

I have a window fan with two fans in it & I cannot get the cover or back off so I can clean it. I* have taken all the screws out that I can get to , but there are two clamps that I can’t get off, I’m not sure why the clamps are there but they are on the side with the accordian extention. Please tell me how to get it apart – after 2 years it is really filthy!!

Thank you,

ANSWER : Remove all the screws, pry clips off that hold on the extensions, than fan will pull apart. The clips must be pried off. They will not break. Then remove screws holding in the fans and remove them as well. Fairly simple process.

I just received my Hepa filter in the mail today. Product #XSH621 – Hepa filter for EP619 & EP621 :005-04 When bought my vacumn, I was told that the filters were free and all I do is pay Postage. Today I received one filter and it lookes like I got charged the postage for two filters. The packages slips: One stated order #11152282 The other order # 1151940 If I get charged for two I expect to receive two. Can you help me with this matter or where can I go to get resolution. Catherine Fantini e-
ANSWER : This isn’t really a problem that can be fixed here on Fixya rather than advise you as a buyer. You’d have to contact the people/company you have purchased the filters from and take it up with them regarding the postage. Hope you get a decent reply.

I bought a Bissell Poweredge Pet vacuum from target. There were no boxed products so I took it off the shelf. The instructions are in the clear filter, but I can’t get the vacuum to release and let me get the instructions. How do I ge the instruction pamphlet out of the clear filter portion of the vacuum?

If you go to this website, http://www.bissell.com/poweredge-hard-floor-vacuum/
you can download a manual for you vacuum. Look on the right side of page for “downloadable documents and click on the manual.
This will give you instructions so you can take the filter apart.

Hope this helps,

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Upright self propelled Windtunnel model: The self propulsion does not work and I can see why. I need to know how to get the top cover off the machine to get to the broken part that engages and disengages the wheels. Can you tell me how to get the cover off?
ANSWER : Turn the machine upside down and locate about half a dozen recessed screws which hold the bottom and the top of the machine together.

I need to change the motor in a vax 6131 but i don’t know how to get into it to get the change it?
I also need to get into the motor assembly housing to change a part but can’t see how it comes apart!!
ANSWER : On the handle there is one small pozidrive screw, remove and orange panel comes away revealing powercable securing bar. Remove 2 screws and this reveals a 10mm headed bolt. Under label on top of handle there is another small pozzi screw, undo this and the handle cover can be removed revealing the other 10mm bolt which needs to be removed. The upper orange cowl can now be eased upwards and if you note where the 2 switches are located, they can be eased from the handle area by depressing the switch locating clips. This allows the upper cover to be put to one side with the power cable still threaded through. DO NOT REMOVE any of the connectors from the connections otherwise you might need a competent electrician to help you. At this point there are 3 similar 10mm bolts which, when removed, allow the bottom black plastic ‘ring’ to be removed from the orange plastic with the motor attached. You then should be able to replace the required..—————————————–.—————————–.To disassemble a  vax you first remove 2 screws holding the handle cover. One is just above where the power flex enters the handle, the other is at the mid-point of the top, hidden under the label. Both are small crosshead screws. Before doing attempting this, you need to be competent with working on mains electric wiring, as some of this has to be removed to do all this. 

Once the handle covers are removed, the next bit is to gently lever off the speed control knob – it’s a tight friction fit, then undo the nut holding it to the handle cover panel. After this undo the mains power connections from the multi-block joiner they go into then remove the 2 screws securing the mains wire. Then undo 2 bolts at each end of the handle going downwards into the main body. At this point the handle can be removed as well as the top body plate. You have to fiddle the electrics and switches through the hole in the top body plate to remove it. Now 3 bolts and a small crosshead screw is all that holds the upper motor section to the lower. Remove these and you can separate the 2 halves which gives you acess to the water pump. This is held in by screws founf underneath the plastic ring at the base of the motor body (around where the small reound blue sponge filter goes). This ring is held in by plastic springy clips. Gently lever round it to get it come off.
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