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Old 11-20-2016, 08:48 AM   #1
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Basement heat pump HELP !

We own a 2006 Journey with the RVP/Airexcel/Coleman 6537 basement heat pump/air conditioner. After 10 years, it's showing signs of heading downhill. We understand that unit is no longer manufactured and key components (like compressor) are no longer available from Coleman. Previous posts have suggested some options:
* "substitute Coleman 46515-811 - will work with some modifications/ducting changes". Can anyone provide more detail on the changes needed and cost to do them?
* "substitute compressor from another source" - can anyone provide info on substitutes - manufacturer? model? direct replacement or modifications required? source? What about the compressor from the 46515 ?
* "change over to rooftop units" - any input here? I read that installing in place of the power vent in the kitchen can be done as that spot is reinforced already. What about bedroom installation? Would like to hear about successful conversion, source and rough cost.
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Old 11-20-2016, 03:11 PM   #2
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Basement air

Those were great units, but need some care. If both of your compressors are running, you only need some service. You need to have both interior and exterior coils cleaned. If one of the compressors won.t start, could be just the start capacitor.
If it does not blow air or enough air could be the interior blower fan, or the duct that runs up the back of the coach, under the back cap, is loose or leaking.
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Old 11-20-2016, 03:30 PM   #3
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In my 2002 Journey a kitchen mount 18,500 btu with all electric and thermastats cost $1700. Also included all wiring and a switch connecting either washer dryer and new ac. Ac blows straght down and is noisy. Thermastat is mounted on side of kitchen cabinet facing front of coach. Rkl
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Old 11-21-2016, 09:31 AM   #4
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Previous posts that the units are no longer made and/or parts not available are not true. I just put a new unit in mine a couple of months ago. RVP gave me the current model # replacement for my old unit. I ordered from dyersonline at a great price, and it was an exact fit. It was not complicated to swap out.
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Previous posts that the units are no longer made and/or parts not available are not true. I just put a new unit in mine a couple of months ago. RVP gave me the current model # replacement for my old unit. I ordered from dyersonline at a great price, and it was an exact fit. It was not complicated to swap out.
Could you post the part # for your Winnie? Thanks
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Could you post the part # for your Winnie? Thanks
Original unit was 6535A871. Direct replacement is 46515-811. My cost in June 2016 was $2,280 from dyers online...free shipping.
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Old 11-22-2016, 05:24 AM   #7
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basement heat pump HELP

Thanks for responses. I'm having capacitors replaced today. That may solve immediate problem, but repair center tech said compressor (1 or both) may need replacing "soon".
My unit is a 6537, not 6535. I spoke with Coleman Customer Service yesterday. He confirmed that the 6537 is no longer available and that the replacement compressor for the 6537 (part # 1450-2079) is also no longer available. Then, he decided that the compressor from the 6535 (part #1450-2149) is will work, but they're out of stock - backordered until 12/2. He also confirmed that the new 46515 is a replacement for the 6535, but not for the 6537. Other posts have indicated that the 46515 could be modified to fit in place of the 6537.
I asked the repair center folks to confirm that the 6535 compressor would fit my unit and check availability. He called Coleman and was told that yes, that compressor would work, but it too was no longer available.
He checked his regular supplier who just happened to have 2 of the 1450-2149 units in stock.
I have them on order and hopefully I'm set for another 10 years.
Thanks again for the help.
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Part # on file, Thanks again.
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Not sure where you're from, but if you're anywhere near Shipshewana, IN (close to Elkhart), I highly recommend National RV Refrigeration. Excellent work at a ridiculously low price.
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Old 11-23-2016, 04:25 AM   #10
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If the unit is really going bad then take a look at this;
Coleman-Mach - Heat Pumps for RVs and Special Applications | Airxcel

I believe this may be a direct replacement or at least they may be able to help.
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