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Old 20-10-2016, 13:44   #16
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Re: Air Conditioning Strainer Install (Before/After Pics)

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You went from bronze to plastic for a perceived problem? My one boat with AC would shut off if the flow wasnt enough, maybe Jeanneau figured that would tell you if it was clogged...?

The throughhull strainer in that photo is the same junk the 5 year valve is made from.

I don't like the plastic strainers, but it's a huge improvement over that style of strainer...


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For whatever reason (probably to save money) Jeanneau installed a tiny bronze strainer for the 24,000BTU air conditioning system.

Not only did I feel it was undersized, but I had no way of knowing if its clogged unless I opened it.

I searched for a plastic solution because I will be spending most my time in saltwater. I decided on the Groco WSB-1000-P pump inlet strainer and it fit my space perfectly.

Decent job.

Agree with others that a bronze strainer is more durable than plastic, but it's certainly not the end of the world.

Glad to see the double hose clamps. (Better if they were opposing directions and sides of the fittings.)

Not sure if it was necessary; when an HVAC system experiences insufficient flow, it will shut down and display an error code (check the valve is open first, then strainer, then pump.)

I would have been inclined to orient the strainer so as to not take up so much bilge space. (If you are never needing that area for storage, no worries).

Ensure there are limber holes from this area to the bilge pump, or install a bilge pump in this compartment, so if any component starts leaking, the pump will come on. Better yet if the pump is alarmed.
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Old 20-10-2016, 14:48   #18
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Re: Air Conditioning Strainer Install (Before/After Pics)

I've got the same plastic strainer, and haven't really worried about it. Due to a really shallow bilge, I didn't mount it to a bracket; it just lies its side held place by the stiffness of the hoses.

But I have to say, the install IMHO is a vast improvement over the bronze strainer mounted rigidly to the thru hull, creating quite a long lever arm. At least that's what it looks to me.
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Re: Air Conditioning Strainer Install (Before/After Pics)

I have the exact same strainer in my engine intake line. The boat is from 2005. When I bought it from PO in 2011 it took me several weeks of repeated efforts to finally unscrew the clear bowl without wrecking it. The threading is plastic on plastic and over time some type of plastic bonding seems to set in. My advice, next time you clean it, put some neutral sea water resistant grease on the threads. BTW it has now been in constant use and 11 years old. The boat is in the water all year. Installed under the waterline, still clear and no problems.
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Re: Air Conditioning Strainer Install (Before/After Pics)

I replaced the small factory installed ac strainer with a large Raritan clear plastic strainer which i bought from Hopkins Carter a good price around $100. The clear plastic is very thick and lets you see what is inside before opening it up.
It also has 1.5 inch ports. Works well when floating sea grass is ingested in large amounts.
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Re: Air Conditioning Strainer Install (Before/After Pics)

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You went from bronze to plastic for a perceived problem? My one boat with AC would shut off if the flow wasnt enough, maybe Jeanneau figured that would tell you if it was clogged...?
You wouldn't suspect that was bad for the AC unit? It is. Rather like waiting for the low oil pressure light.

It is also nice to be able to clean proactively, rather than at night.
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Re: Air Conditioning Strainer Install (Before/After Pics)

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You wouldn't suspect that was bad for the AC unit? It is. Rather like waiting for the low oil pressure light.
Awh, just exercising the electronics.
Kinda like opening and closing a thruhull valve every month.
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Re: Air Conditioning Strainer Install (Before/After Pics)

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For whatever reason (probably to save money) Jeanneau installed a tiny bronze strainer for the 24,000BTU air conditioning system.

Not only did I feel it was undersized, but I had no way of knowing if its clogged unless I opened it.

I searched for a plastic solution because I will be spending most my time in saltwater. I decided on the Groco WSB-1000-P pump inlet strainer and it fit my space perfectly.
I doubt Jeanneau used that filter "to save money" but more likely because it fit in the available space in a manner that would have allowed it to be opened without spilling (much of) the contents into the bilge pan. Never-the-less, your Groco strainer is certainly adequate for the job and, of course, does have the advantage of allowing you to see the condition of the filter strainer. Note that when you do want to open the filter, I'm sure you don't need reminding to do so slowly so you can collect the run-off in a shallow pan rather than allowing it into the bilge pan. Your March pump is a good one but it will not like being exposed to any water. Moreover, keep in mind that the pump has two small oil galleries on either end of the motor and needs a couple of squirts of 3-1 oil every 2-3 months to keep it happy. In re: the filter, normally hand tight will keep it sealed but it does help to add a little silicon grease to the threads from time to time to prevent binding/galling.

Other than the foregoing observations, I think you've done a good job.

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