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    Default Brivis Advance evap, service and spares help?

    Hi all,
    I'll be spending my first summer in my house since purchase. Previous owners had a Brivis Advance installed which was probably last used by them in summer 2010, and I doubt maintained ever. My area has a few factories with nasty emissions so would like to give it a once over.
    I've never worked on a evaporative before; is there any filters that can be changed and what other things should I be inspecting?
    I tried googling a repair/install/maintenance manual but it seems Brivis haven't freely provided these?
    Further, where can I purchase spares for this thing and consumables?

    From the research I've done it seems Brivis are terrible as far as customer support and expensive for spares?

    I'm located in Adelaide and called a couple of evap guys out the paper and they weren't interested or want $300 just to turn up for a service.
    Cheers

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    No filters as such to change but check the condition of the pads. Make sure they are clean and still breathable so to speak. Give the tray a clean if it is had water sat in it for a while and check the water pump. That is pretty well it. Make sure you have good even water flow out of the distributors (feeds water to the pads) and that is it. You should not need to buy consumables unless you need to replace the pads or water pump.

    Hope this helps.

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    G'day,

    When the weather looks like warming up i jump up and pull the pads off and hose them off from the back, while they're off i rinse the inside of the unit with dishwashing liquid and fresh water. You will need to disconnect the dump pipe to do this, have a look around for the pump and check if it has a basket filter you can remove and clean.

    I also disconnect the fan, let it fill up with water and run the pump checking the water level and all hoses are flowing well. Check the baffles if it has them, for correct operation as they can stick and restrict air flow they should self close and open freely. Check the "bleed off" is working, this is where the unit lets a little water go every hour to keep it fresh, it may not have this feature as it might just dump the water every few hours.

    As for spares, they're pretty basic units. My float valve stuffed up and needed replacing, an oem part from Reece was $125. Keeping in mind it's exactly the same as a toilet unit with a pre bent float arm. I bought a $15 one from Bunnies and it's been in there longer than the original, my inlet solenoid also went south, again $65 for a new one but all i needed was the rubber diaphragm inside for 25c from an appliance repair mob.

    As you've discovered the manufacturers keep their info well out of public hands.
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    Ultimately it's just a box with some pads and a fan drawing air through them, plus a water pump, some means of letting out stale water, an inlet valve plus associated electrics and plumbing.

    Turn the power off to the unit (make damn sure there's no power - we're dealing with water here as well as a reasonably powerful fan so you don't want to find any unexpected electricity while you're working on it) then don't be afraid to start removing covers etc. Unless something has actually broken or worn out, you just need to give it a good clean to get rid of accumulated muck then put it back together.

    I'm not familiar with this specific unit, but they all work on the same basic principles.

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    Default Brivis Advance evap, service and spares help?

    Thanks guys. I'll jump up there this weekend. I have repaired quite a few of those old clunky portable units as a kid and seems they haven't changed much. If the pads look fine are they fine, or should they be replaced every so often. I've heard of nasties growing in them? Might sound silly but what dies a healthy pad look like?
    On a side note I was looking for replacement pads to see if I should just throw a new set in and between the fan and pads you almost have the entire cost of the installed unit. I swear the profit is on spares not new sales ;-)
    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonesy_SA View Post
    I swear the profit is on spares not new sales ;-)
    Yep, ever looked at the price of genuine parts for your car. You can buy every piece as a part and assemble it yourself, it's just that it cost 200% of the price of walking into a dealer and driving out. Storage and all that i guess...

    A few of us were talking on another forum about Jetski spares, just to buy all the genuine bits for an engine re build is $9000 and we looked at building your own ski from spares. +$40000 for the lot and you still need to build it, that doesn't include specialist tools for assembly either. You can float away on the same ski with trailer and rego for $22000...
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    Default Brivis Advance evap, service and spares help?

    True, that's why I usually go with the non OEM but good enough parts. Couldn't really find anyone making these pads on the cheap.

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