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wow cost of new ecu- max control
July 13, 2011
9:34 am
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santigo said:

I don't mean to put you on the spot but if the compressor ( is bad ?) should I go the retrofit route or new ac. We are thinking of selling the boat in two years

 

I think that's what you are asking ???

 

To do a compressor change properly can be quite involved if you want it to last…What with the removal of the unit, removal of the old compressor, acid testing the system, flushing the system, installing new $700 compressor, installing burnout drier (also coming back to test if it gets restricted) evacuate the unit, recharge, re-install & test…Then in your case, also add the control retrofit price…

 

It's not cheap & you still have a old unit with no warranty…

 

To me…Years ago compressor changes were practical…Labor & parts were much cheaper…

 

If a guy just slaps a compressor in without doing all of the above it's not as expensive…But also might not last….And I feel it can be a dis-service to a customer unless he knows the risks & expense up front…Even then, if it does fail shortly…Nobody is happy…  Frown

 

Today I kinda feel I'm taking a customer's money for something he could have a complete new unit with warranty & new technology (that performs much better) with Green refrigerant for not much more…He gets good service out of it & everyone is happy  Cool …A newer unit can also help at resale of the boat if you are thinking that direction…

 

I obviously can't tell what kind of shape your unit is in but…You may want to read this thread on 2 compressors in one year…No you don't have a split system, but most everything still applies to your self contained unit…The only reason he was getting warranty of any type, was he bought a new unit in the first place (half of the system) the other half is still 30+ years old & had it not been Cruisair he would have gotten nothing since he didn't change the air handlers too…

/forum/troubleshooting/2nd-compressor-in-one-year/

 

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July 13, 2011
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I don't mean to put you on the spot but if the compressor should I go the retrofit route or new ac. We are thinking of selling the boat in two years

July 12, 2011
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exactly what i asked we will do it tommorow

July 12, 2011
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I also might ask if he jumped power to the compressor to be sure it would run & cool ???...

You don't want to invest in a board, or retrofit if a bad compressor is what took this one out...It might also take out the new one...

 

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July 12, 2011
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Santiago~

As you may have been told...The ECU Maxx has been discontinued by Marine Air...

Don't know where your tech is quoting prices from, but the ECU Maxx board is over $1000.00 from Marine Air (see page 22 of Marine Airrr prices link at the top of any page here) and they don't even offer the the Keypad/Display…Maybe he has a used board ???

 

At the top of page 9 of that same link is a ECU to Passport I/O retrofit kit that would work for $565.00

 

You don't mention what unit you have or what size, but the new Turbo unit pricing starts on page 1…Pick your size…You will also need to add $195 for the Passport I/O keypad/display…New cable comes with the unit…The Turbo units will out perform your unit with less power usage and have the new Green refrigerant of the future…

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If you are the least bit handy I can walk you thru a DIY change out of any of it…My discount schedule is higher on units than control retrofits…

 

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July 12, 2011
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mechanic checked ac unit compressor would not kick on. voltage check shoewed no voltage to compressor  he said I need a retro fiit kit for the ecu-max control board. Cost $750 and no waranty. Wants me to buy new ac for $2800.00. My compressor was installed in 2003. Any suggestions Should I go for the retrofit.