Evaporative coolers, also known as swamp coolers, are a fantastic way to stay cool in dry climates. They work by drawing hot, dry air through water-saturated pads, cooling it through the process of evaporation. This cool air is then blown into your home, providing a refreshing and cost-effective alternative to traditional air conditioning.
But just like any other machine, evaporative coolers need regular maintenance and occasional repairs to function at their best. Here’s your one-stop guide to keeping your swamp cooler running smoothly all season long:
- Clean and Replace Pads: The cooling pads are the workhorses of your evaporative cooler. Over time, they can become clogged with dust, mineral deposits, and even algae. This reduces airflow and cooling efficiency. Clean the pads regularly (every 2-4 weeks) with a mild detergent and water. Replace them at least once a season, or more often if they’re visibly dirty or smelly.
- Flush the Water Reservoir: Stagnant water is a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. To prevent this, drain and flush the water reservoir at least once a month. Use a mild vinegar solution to remove any mineral buildup.
- Inspect and Clean Other Components: Take a look at the fan blades, motor, drain pan, and louvers. Make sure they’re free of debris and functioning properly. Wipe down the exterior of the unit with a damp cloth to keep it looking good.
- Winterize your Cooler: When the cool weather arrives, it’s important to properly winterize your evaporative cooler. This prevents freezing and cracking of the internal components. Drain the water reservoir, disconnect the power, and cover the unit with a tarp.
Maintenance for your evaporative cooler can be worry-free when you sign up for Coffman’s Comfort Club. Our team of HVAC experts will perform annual maintenance to ensure your equipment is running efficiently. Members also enjoy discounts and priority service.
When you experience issues with your evaporative cooler, Coffman is here to help. Once we diagnose the issue(s), our technicians will go over possible solutions for you to choose from.