Yesterday I received a new Raypack heater from a CA company. Took 8 days to ship across the Country. Delivered in the afternoon, my wife gets the package and signs bill of laden. (It was on 2 pallets with steel banding - she has not idea how to open it up and look). I was at work, we then get 1" of rain after dinner, so I open the wet cardboard after it stops. Find out the top left corner is dented down about 1". It appears to me that something dropped on top of this box, perhaps another pallet or box at some time.
Supplier wants to replace the top metal capping by sending me a replacement. (I have to reverse the intake so I need to take it off anyway). They of course do not want to eat the $450 shipping cost to send a replacement unit.
My question is: do I risk the potential of a hairline crack in the manifold or copper tubing, is there any long term risk with installing this particular unit with a new top cap. I worry about the freeze/thaw cycle here in PA that may accelerate any premature metal failure.
Or will I be fine replacing the "cosmetic" cap.