Swamp coolers are a great alternative to traditional air conditioners. Now is the best time to ensure that your swamp cooler is in top shape and ready for use when the temperature outside starts to rise. Evaporative coolers offer a better alternative to air conditioning. They require less power and don’t depend on chemical refrigerants. Evaporative cooling is an eco-friendly and affordable way to beat the summer heat. Here are the steps.
1. Drain The Swamp
Likely, your evaporative cooler was properly dried and emptied of any water before it was turned on for the last season. This will help prevent mold and mildew development while the appliance is stored (or not in use for a few months). If you don’t have a water supply or need to perform a mid-season tune-up, the first thing to do is turn off the water supply. Also, you will need to shut off the power supply so that you don’t get shocked.
2. Clean The Tank
To loosen any dirt or debris, dry and scrub the water reservoir using a stiff brush. You can use a vacuum to remove any dirt or loose particles leftover from this step. An ordinary dustpan can be used to lift loose particles.
Use soapy water to clean the tank. A tablespoon of dish soap mixed with one gallon of warm water will do. Finally, scrub the tank’s interior with a sponge. Mineral deposits can form in your tank if you have hard water. Mild soap will not be sufficient to clean them. These deposits may not be easily removed with soap. You can soak the equipment in white vinegar for up to an hour if your water is very mineral-rich.
3. Examine The Tank And Its Parts
Check the tank for any issues while it is empty. Check for water leaks and cracks in the tank. Although it is unlikely that a portable cooler’s reservoir will leak, the metal seams of a house can become loose over time. To stop leakage, dry the area thoroughly with a towel. Before adding liquids to the tank, let the caulk dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Regular maintenance will also be beneficial for your swamp cooler’s fan and motor. Apply a few drops of oil to the moving parts if you can reach them. This will keep everything running smoothly.
These maintenance tips for swamp coolers are more common in a complete house system than in a portable one. These systems function in the same manner, but depending on the design of the appliance, you might not be able to access the interior.
4. Deodorize Your System
You can add fresh scents to your home if mildew or mold is discovered during cleaning. You can add 15 to 20 drops of essential oil to a spray bottle. Add fresh water to the spray bottle and shake it vigorously to combine. This solution should be sprayed over the reservoir and water pan before you refill the tank with water. You will then experience cool air and a fresh fragrance when you turn on the machine.
5. Check Out The Cooling Pads
Your swamp cooling system is incomplete without a swamp cooler pad. They can become moldy and mildew-prone because they have been wet for a long time. It is important to inspect them carefully to determine if they are safe to use. You should throw out any moldy patches and buy new pads. Your nose will thank you for the fresh air and your family will be protected from allergens that could cause breathing problems.