How to Care for Your Evaporative Cooler as a Homeowner

January 31, 2019 10:45 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Evaporative coolers are highly popular cooling solutions in commercial and residential properties alike. These are appliances that have porous surfaces that allow air to pass through the unit. A fan inside pulls outside air through the system and into the house. To cool the air, these porous sides have pads of water-absorbing materials. Water is also stored in a pan at the bottom of the cooler, and a pump takes that water up to each side, where the pads are located. The air passes through the damp pads, which cools down the air and humidifies it slightly before it enters your home, making it a perfect solution for hot, dry environments.

As a general rule, you should have your evaporative cooler serviced twice a year, ideally before the cooling season begins and then again midway through summer. But there are also some steps you can take as a homeowner to maintain your evaporative cooler to ensure it operates efficiently and properly all year long. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Change the pads: One of the most important aspects of maintaining your evaporative cooler is to regularly change your swamp cooler pads in Phoenix, AZ. Remove those pads when they get old, thoroughly cleaning the pad frames before you install new pads. You can use a wire brush and a mild soap and water mixture to clean away any mineral deposits that were left behind. Eventually the pads will get to the point where they crack or otherwise become ineffective, so it’s important to stay on top of replacing them as needed.
  • Clean the reservoir: Drain and flush the reservoir on a regular basis, taking the time to scrape away scale with your wire brush and wipe the inside with a mild soap and water mixture.
  • Inspect electrical components: Take a moment to check all electrical wiring and any switches on the unit to look for worn insulation or poor connections. Replace any worn or damaged parts you find.
  • Correct water level: When the water supply is on, make sure you have enough water coming in to get the entire cooler pad wet. If you don’t have enough water coming in, there’ll be dry spots, which means the cooler won’t be as efficient while it’s running. Make any adjustments you need to the water level by moving the float valve.
  • Adjust motor bolts: The tension in the belts might loosen over the course of time, so it’s important to check the motor bolts and adjust them as needed to deliver proper tension. You’ll know you’ve got proper belt tension when moderate pressure from your hands depresses the belt about an inch at the center of the belt.
  • Replace the pads: Once you’ve performed all necessary cleaning and maintenance steps, you can put the new pads in and reinstall the frames.

For more tips about maintaining your evaporative cooler, contact Premier Industries Inc, your source for swamp cooler pads in Phoenix, AZ. We look forward to assisting you soon!

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This post was written by Mike Nicolini

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