Seals for the model 2200 Space-Gard Air Cleaner, how do you clean them?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 by Aprilaire Team
Consumer question:

We have the Aprilaire Space-Gard Air Cleaner Model 2200, using the Replacement Media #201, and we have the model which has an inner housing with the center aluminum brace down the middle.

The two end panels of the inner media housing are faced with a pink \"insulation-type\" material to seal the edges so the air flow can\'t go around the media. The outer (removable) panel also has the same pink material.

Over time this pink material has become very dusty and dirty (in the spaces where it lies between the folds of the media). I have turned each of them once, and now both sides are very dirty. I have tried vacuuming the surfaces, but the dirt is lodged so deeply that it will not come out. I want to have clean surfaces on these three panels.

1.) May I wash that pink "insulation" material?
2.) Are there other ways to clean those surfaces?
(like, what did the original engineers have in mind?)
3.) Are there replacement pink insulation pieces available?
Please advise.

Aprilaires' response:

Thank you for your email regarding the seals for your model 2200 Space-Gard Air Cleaner. The seals will get dirty over time as they are designed to catch any particles which try to avoid the 201 filtering media. Once the seals catch the particles they are permanently trapped. Since you would like to replace them you may contact your installing contractor to obtain the seal kit, our part number 4725.

Comments for Seals for the model 2200 Space-Gard Air Cleaner, how do you clean them?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 by joe:
I have an Aprilaire spacegard 2200. What are the minimum specs. you recommend for replacement filter materials? Thank you.
Thursday, May 1, 2014 by Laurel Brooks:
I had foolishly tried vacuuming the seals for the Aprilaire 5000 air cleaner. Some time ago, right after one of the filter changes, the light wouldn't come back on, so I just used the air flow for filtering without the electronic part.. Now when finally looking into what to fix, I am wondering if it is because some of that pink stuff is missing. Could this be it? I didn't realize that material was that important...also the tabs on the spacers have mostly broken; they are cheaply made. Would that be affecting it even though they stay in place without the tabs on the ends of some? I appreciate any help! Laurel
Friday, May 2, 2014 by Roy Holloway:
Hi Laurel,

Thank you for the question on the Aprilaire model 5000.

The diagnostic testing of the Aprilaire model 5000 should be left to the licensed HVAC contractor, in your area, as High voltage is present.

The most common causes for the light of the door not coming on would be faults in the furnace electrical for the model 5000 or internal debris in the filter causing the high voltage to be grounded.

Thank you for allowing Aprilaire to be part of your home comfort system.

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