Most boat owners have at least heard about the Ecofan – very clever device which sits on the stove top and uses the thermal energy to power a tiny electric motor which spins a fan blade to help circulate the hot air further round the boat. In these low temperatures every little helps, and it was noticeable last week that the fan had stopped spinning as fast as normal.
A new Ecofan is quite an investment – including postage they are somewhere between 85 and 100 pounds depending on where you buy them, so I was interested to discover that a replacement motor kit is available for about £15.00 including postage, from the UK distrubutor.
Worth a punt I thought, so ordered one which arrived yesterday. Its not a totally straightforward operation, as the wires to the motor are soldered on, but with very clear instructions, I had the new motor fitted in minutes. I am delighted to say that the fan started spinning instantly and is now back to normal operation.
Bear it in mind if your Ecofan has stopped spinning. Its a lot cheaper than a replacement, and in this disposable world its nice to find something so specialised off the shelf.
Check out www.ecofan.co.uk for details.