Swamp coolers are much simpler than air conditioners. This means that there are very few problems that can affect their operation. These issues are usually easy to spot, so it’s easy to find the right place to go if you have any operational difficulties. These issues can be quickly diagnosed and fixed by following the steps below.
How Do Evaporative Coolers Break?
Evaporative coolers can fail for many reasons. The first is because the area you live in is consistently humid. This is where swamp coolers will be less effective. Swamp coolers can become too saturated with water, or have the scale and debris build up. The internal belt may also break or slip, in which case it will have to be replaced.
Tips To Prevent An Evaporative Cooler Failing
There are some routine maintenance tasks you can do to make sure your cooler is operational and performing at its best. You should first remove any old evaporative pads and clean the swamp cooler pad frames. The next step is to drain the reservoir and remove any scale. You will need to clean your water distribution system. This includes the pump screen, water distribution tubes, and the impeller.
These are some of the most common issues that evaporative coolers can have and how you can fix them before calling a technician.
No Or Low Airflow: An issue with power supply is usually caused by a lack of airflow (or reduced airflow). To check if fuses and breakers are tripped, or blown, You should replace the fuse if possible and reset the breaker if this is the problem. Lack of exhaust can also cause airflow problems. If you don’t have exhaust ducts, make sure to keep your window open. Motors that overheat and shut down are another cause of this problem. You will need a new motor if this happens. To restore airflow, it may be necessary to replace thermostats and belts.
Cool Air Is Not Available: If the cooler does not blow cold air, it may be due to a problem with your water system. The cooler cannot create cold air if the pads aren’t sufficiently soaked. You can check the pads to make sure they retain enough water. If they are still functioning well, turn on the water pump. Check for clogs or malfunctioning valves. These issues could prevent water from reaching the pads.
Excessive Use Of Water: Your coolant may be functioning fine, but it is constantly out of water. A leaky system requires constant refilling of the water reservoir. There are many possible sources of leakage, so it is best to contact a technician to find and seal the leak. This is most often caused by a leak in the water valves.
Odors: The climate makes this a rare problem. Evaporative coolers can produce unpleasant odors when the water pan is left to linger. It will stagnate if there is no way for it to evaporate. The new bacteria growth will spread throughout your home and office. The pan and reservoir should be drained and cleaned with chlorine. After you have finished that, there should no odors.
Corrosion: If your cooler is not cleaned every six months, corrosion will occur, eventually compromising its functionality. This is more likely if you have high levels of mineral content in your water. To prolong the life of your cooler, you can use a water softener. This will reduce corrosion and prolong the life of your cooler.