Winterize Your Swamp Cooler

Why and How You Should Winterize Your Swamp Cooler

This is an important part of any home maintenance schedule. It can add years to the life of your unit. Take the time to learn Why and How You Should Winterize Your Swamp Cooler.

As the season changes it’s important to perform the routine home maintenance that goes with that. Albuquerque Plumbing, Heating & Cooling wants to let you know Why and How You Should Winterize Your Swamp Cooler.

Why you Should Winterize

When in use and flowing properly, the water in an evaporative cooler is what makes the cold air possible. But left alone, that same water can be what ruins the appliance. Standing water and water left in the lines can freeze, corrode, and promote bacterial growth within the unit. Getting it properly cleaned out and stored away for the winter are some of the best things you can do to keep your cooler running properly for the next year.  

Tips on How Winterize

Just a few easy steps could help preserve your swamp cooler for years to come. It is well worth the time and effort to save you from repairs later on. Here’s what you do:

  1. Unplug the Unit – You won’t need power for the next steps, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
  2. Close Water Supply Valve – This will ensure that no more water gets into the system.
  3. Clear Water Line – Disconnect the line from the supply valve and drain. Gently blow through the tube to ensure all the water has been forced out.
  4. Clean the Pan – Get all water and debris/build up out of the drain pan. You may have to use a shop vac to get it all the way clean. A final rinse with fresh water is also a good idea. Make sure to leave the valve open so any rainwater that gets in over the winter can get out.
  5. Install New Pads – If the pads look worn after the long summer putting new ones in will help absorb the winter/spring moisture, protecting the inside from rust.
  6. Cover It Up – Investing in a durable cover will go a long way in protecting your cooler. It will also help keep outside air from coming into the home if your unit doesn’t have a damper.
  7. Close the Damper – This is the last step in putting your cooler to sleep for the winter. Keep the cold air out, until you’re ready for it again.

If you don’t want to do these steps or simply don’t have the time, just give us a call (505) 349-4404. We’d be happy to do the Why and How You Should Winterize Your Swamp Cooler.

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