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Old 04-08-2011, 14:46   #1
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Espar Heater Blower

We just purchased a used Espar D8 heater for our Hylas 47 and thought we got a great deal. We understood that the previous owner had a problem with the unit shutting down after running for a short time, but I figured this would be a relatively inexpensive problem to solve. Wrong. The local Espar dealer took a look at it and reports that among some more minor issues, the blower is shot and needs to be replaced. Now here is the zinger: he quotes a cost of $1,400 for this part- not including labor!

This price seems insane to me. How could a blower possibly cost this much? Does anyone have experience with these? Any ideas of who is the OEM for this part? $200 would have sounded expensive but doable. $1400 is beyond belief.

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Old 04-08-2011, 15:50   #2
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One thing you can do is call some other dealers and ask the price of the part in question.
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Re: Espar Heater Blower

Check out their dealer network and look for a vehicle dealer near you. May be better prices than at a marine dealer.

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Edit: I don't know how difficult it would be to remove the motor (pictures aren't very clear and it looks complicated) but usually when a motor fails it is brushes or bearings and they may be able to be replaced.
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Old 04-08-2011, 17:31   #4
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Re: Espar Heater Blower

If it's ocean options, they are very expensive and frankly their work leaves something to be desired.

When one of their expensive blower repairs failed in a year... and mind you this is not a live aboard use... I just bought a newer model and installed it and it works a charm... same ducts and T stat... just a swap out. and what they quoted you for a blower!
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