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Old 08-26-2011, 12:39 PM   #1
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Inverter replace or repair?

Anyone out there have experience with the Heart inverter needing repair? I have a Safari Serengeti with the Heart brand inverter and was told this AM that it needs to be repaired ($1,500 est.) or replaced $3K. To repair, it would be taken out and sent somewhere. Anyone have any advice? Thanks!
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Replacements are all over the place on line for around $1000
http://www.ebay.com/itm/XANTREX-FREE...ht_2755wt_1110
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Check with the factory for the price of a rebuild. We had our Demensions 2000 rebuilt for $600
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Old 08-27-2011, 08:06 AM   #4
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These are sent by the manufactures to P.J.Gonzales in Goodletzville, Tenn. His # is 1 615 859 2626. You can deal directly with him and save a bundle.
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Old 08-27-2011, 08:18 AM   #5
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They are not really very complex units. I have repaired several of them over the years. If you decide to purchase a new one I would be interested in the defective unit.
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You may run into a parts problem- Xantrex has not made any parts for Heart inverters for a few years now and the supply of replacement boards is gone. Often a good electronics shop can repair your circuit board, but it isn't cheap.

If you can just replace the inverter, I'd do that. You can buy it yourself and replace rather than paying exorbitant shop prices. But if replacing the inverter with a newer model also means replacing a remote panel and/or auto-gen start panel to go with the new one, then it is more cost effective to repair what you have.
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Component level replacement is the only way to go, saves loads of $$ - replacing an entire circuit board is without a doubt a waste of money.
I am happy to pickup defective units - if anyone wants to get rid of their old junk
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Buy one off eBay and replace it yourself.
Not that hard to do. Just mark the wires that come off it.
Check what your model is. May be a 10, 15, 20.
Save close to $2K

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