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Inverter Repair

I have an Exide Nautilus Platinum 2000 inverter/charger that appears to have a faulty internal transfer switch. When I connect to shore power, I do not get AC to my distribution panel. The really big problem is that my house bank is not getting recharged when plugged in.

It appears that Exide spun off their inverter business (to Xantrex?) at some point.

What I am wondering is if there are places that I may be able to have the inverter repaired or do bad inverter/chargers generally require replacement when they go bad? If it costs a couple hunderd bucks to squeeze several more years of life out of this inverter, that would be preferable than having to shell out roughly $2K or more on a similar true sine wave 2000-2500 watt inverter.

Any advice or insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Have you tried to contact Exide or Xantrex about a repair??? That should probably be your first step.
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How much stuff do you run off the invererter? When I rewired my boat, I took out the 1500 watt inverter/charger, since it didn't have a setting for my AGM's, and I didn't really need that much from the inverter. Instead, I went with a dedicated charger, and plug in inverter for my laptop. Just a thought if you find you can't fix your's.

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Hey John-

That's also not a bad idea... only problem with it is if you have large power tools you want to operate or a microwave oven.
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Microwave? I cook popcorn the old fashioned way! You can get 1000 watt plug-ins.

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lgherb,

There are a number of inverter repair shops in the country. I used one in FL some years ago to repair an ailing Heart 1500W model; has been working flawlessly ever since.

Here's a link to find a repair shop: DC To AC Power Inverter Maintenance and Repair Businesses in the World

BTW, I know the Hughes 38 design very well; a friend had one. Nice boat.

Bill
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Bill,

Thanks for the link. I'll call a few and pick one.

The Hughes 38 your friend had happens to be the very boat I own! She's a wonderful boat and I am ever grateful that our mutual friend allowed me to purchase her from him. I am overdue to go see the improvements he has made to his new boat.

Small online world sometimes!

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