A swamp cooler, or an evaporative cooler, is an excellent home comfort system for many people, especially those who live in climates that are particularly dry. Swamp coolers can run into trouble when there’s high humidity, but many New Mexico residents keep their swamp coolers on most of the year and switch out to temporary units when the air is muggy. They also require more maintenance than other systems, including winterizing, covering, and disconnecting in the winter, as well as putting everything back into place come spring. Learn about de-winterizing your swamp cooler below!
Dust It Off
First, you’re going to want to get it clean so that it’s in shape for the rest of the season. This means that you’ll need to take off the protective cover first! You can take off the side panels as well, and clean the inside of the unit with a vacuum. Some of the more difficult cleaning steps could require the help of a technician.
Change the Pads
This often requires unscrewing a screen that holds in the pads, cleaning out the area underneath, and then just replacing with new ones. You should measure the old pads before you go to the store to purchase a new one, to ensure you get the right size.
Connect the Water Line
Most people in very cold climates have to disconnect the water line in the winter. Connect it back to the water supply valve and to your swamp cooler unit. Make sure the drain plug is in place securely.
Call in Professionals
We often recommend that you let professionals handle the bulk of the maintenance work, particularly if you’re not very familiar with these systems. Swamp coolers are not simple to service without any experience, and you may need professionals to ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible.
Call Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. for evaporative cooler service in Farmington, NM and for more helpful advice. Don’t waste your time with the run-around. Give us a call and let us do it right the first time!