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Garmin Handheld Gps 72

Old 08-01-2005, 09:30 PM
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I have/had a backup garmin handheld 72. It took some "light" spray this week while cleaning the boat. Not sure how much "light" spray, but obviously enough to get inside the unit. I can see the water on the screen.

Here is my question, the gps is 2 years old and only cost $150. I doubt it is worth the money to have it fixed even if it was possible. Even though it is out of warranty, I think it only had a 1 year, do you think garmin will repair it for free since it is considered and advertised by them to be waterproof and submersible?

I tried to call them today on my cell phone and 10 minutes into the call on an automated recording I was told to expect a 30-45 minute wait for the next available representative. So I figured I would call them later this week and not burn an hour of cell minutes.

Just wondering if anyone had any similar experience and what they told you. Thanks...
Old 08-02-2005, 12:00 PM
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FWIW, just about every handheld instrument I've owned (which includes 2 Garmin GPSMap-76's) get some amount of condensation on the inside of the screen in warm weather (usually when water gets on the screen and causes localised cooling.)

Probably due to humid air when it's closed up, it is very annoying.

Opening the unit up should be pretty simple. On the 76, there were (I think) 5 or 6 screws. If your house has air conditioning, leave the unit open for a few minutes. Gentle heat application (hair dryer on low) or even just air movement will help disperse any residual condensate. Reclose the unit, and you should be good to go. You could, I suppose, put a small dessicant bag inside in case any more moisture is present, but with dry air it probably isn't necessary.

Do not place the unit in an oven. The LCD screen is pretty temp sensitive. Don't ask me how I know.

Lastly, Garmin has a flat rate repair charge for items out of warranty. The rate for the 72 is, according to the Garmin site, $59 (includes software if an update is available.)

Old 08-03-2005, 11:52 AM
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Thanks for the info, I got ahold of Garmin and they gave me the $59 price. It was definately not condensation but water. I am pretty sure the insides are probably done....thanks!

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