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Swampcooler Servicing

Evaporative cooler or swamp cooler as it is popular known is an air-conditioner unit that uses water as a cooling agent. A water source through a quarter inch copper line supplies water to the swamp cooler housing. The water is then pumped to the pads which situated on the inside panel by a pump. The next phase is the fan, this fan pulls outside air through the damped cooler pads and distribute the cool air inside the house. Normally you can expect the temperature in your house to be lowered 15% to 20% when using the swamp cooler depending on the type of pads, temperature from water source and/or brand name of unit.

Maintenance of Swamp Cooler:

Before the start of the summer season, the swamp cooler must be serviced.

  • Housing windows removed and pads thoroughly washed to remove dust and dirt. It is recommended to changed pads every three years.
  • Wash housing reservoir and refill with clean water.
  • It is very important to oil bearings on fan shaft.
  • Check fan belt and adjust as necessary.
  • To avoid a broken line during the winter-line must be disconnected from water source and swamp cooler and drain down.
  • Drain water from swamp cooler reservoir each fall.

Swamp coolers/evaporative coolers are more popular used in area where the temperature are considered dry (very little humidity) such as Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada etc. In order to avoid humidity built-up in your house during the swamp cooler operation it is important to have a window or windows crack open, this also allows the cool air to enter the room with the cracked open window.

The advantage of having a swamp cooler are:

  1. Lower equipment cost than air conditioning.
  2. Lower operating cost.
  3. Simple installation.