As winter approaches, it is important to take the proper measures to protect your swamp cooler from harsh weather. Swamp coolers or evaporative coolers are slightly different from a regular air conditioning device. They don’t compress and absorb water to cool air. Instead, it operates by vaporizing water. They are efficient devices that quickly cool your house with low energy consumption.
It is extremely important to winterize coolers during the winter season. The cold air of winters may cause pipelines to break due to freezing water and you will end up spending a large amount on their repairing or replacement. Vents may also leak hot air from your house. Moreover, regular maintenance increases the lifespan of a swamp cooler. Let’s look at the steps how you can winterize your cooler.
Disconnect Water Supply:
Keep the swamp cooler disconnected from water line throughout winter. You have to locate the valve first that provides water to the cooler. It is usually hidden undersurfaces in order to keep it away from cold air. Before shutting down the valve, make sure that there is no water left in the pipes. Clearwater from pipes so that it doesn’t freeze in pipes and causes them to explode.
A safe practice is to disconnect electric power supply of cooler before working with it. It saves you from the risk of electrocution.
Empty the Cooler:
Do not leave the swamp cooler filled with water during winter. Water deposits in metal pans and they may get rusted. Remove the sides of swamp cooler to drain outstanding water. However, do not close the drain after cleaning. It cleans rainwater that enters the cooler to keep pans safe from rusting.
You may find some minerals or dirt in pans despite draining them. Swamp cooler evaporates water during the summer season. These vapors contain minerals which stick to pans. Clean them with a hose pipe to efficiently get rid of debris.
Change Cooling Pads:
Winterize the swamp cooler during fall season by replacing cooler pads. They work throughout summer and deposit a large amount of minerals residue. Moreover, rainwater can also cause the metal to rust quickly. Therefore, replace the pads before winter to keep metal safe. It enhances the performance of cooler and ensures that water doesn’t reach the sensitive parts of the cooler.
Get Cooler Covers:
Keep the swamp cooler hidden behind covers when it is not in use. It ensures that no external elements such as air and water affect your cooling unit. These covers are specially designed according to the size of the cooler and usually, the manufacturer provides it when you purchase a new unit. Keep the cover safe and install it over your swamp cooler after summer.
Almost every house has vents that ensure air circulation during summer. Make sure that you keep them covered during the winter season to keep cold air out of your house. Do not leave them open otherwise your house will lose heat and the heating unit will have to work more.