I have an Espar D5 Hydronic IIe heater
supplying heat and hot water
for our boat
. It has run 3650 hours in the last 22 months or so. From the start it has been less than 100% reliable. The combustion blower failed early on and was replaced under warranty. It has had the occasional failure to start with no fault codes generated, then started up on its own a day, or week, or several weeks later.
We're full time on the boat
and love the hydronic heat. The boat stays warm and dry, there are no drafts and hot water
is always available.
The water pump
has failed now but that may be normal for these types of pumps. It isn't hard to replace.
A local dealer/installer tells me the II series are nothing but trouble and I should replace it with a Series 3. He says he has had no warranty claims on the Series 3 for the past 2 years.
So, I am looking at another boat buck and a half.
So, I look at the online info from Espar, which seems a little lacking. I can't find the installation
instructions or manual for this series but I did come across a bit of interesting info. Espar states that the service
life of the S3 is 3000 hours.
Warranty is 2 years or 2000 hours.
Is this the reality for these heaters? Are they only good for weekend and holiday use?
Anyone had the Planar hydronic long enough to judge their durability?