Okay, now that you have brought your perfect evaporative cooler for your home, what is the next logical step? To know the evaporative cooler maintenance tips, of course! Believe us when we say this, be it an air cooler or even any other electrical/electronic entity, good maintenance can not only improve its average performance, but also drastically improve its lifetime and cut down cost of professional help over the years.
But what is the right way of taking care of your evaporative or swamp cooler? How do you differentiate between the DO’s and the DO NOT’s? Take a quick look at some of the easy and simple tricks and general instructions on how to take care of your swamp cooler right at home.
1. Check on the cooler pads and replace them
Irrespective of which type of filter pads are used in your evaporative cooler system, you should check up on them and clean them atleast one in a month. Also periodic replacement of these pads is must as per the manufacturer’s instructions, since they accumulate all the dirt and dust particles.
2. Make sure that everything is right with the water tank
You should never ever put dirty or contaminated water in the water tank, and we cannot emphasize this point enough. If necessary, you can add chemical tablets in the water or some mild additive agents to freshen the air, add a good smell to it and to prevent corrosion. If the water in your region is hard water, make sure to clean up all the accumulated particles from inside the water tank on a periodic basis.
3. Take off the power plug when cooler is not in use
When the evaporative cooler is not in use, you need to switch off the power point and unplug it. Not only will this save energy but also protect your equipment from damage in case of power fluctuations. When not in use, say during winter, clean both the internal and external parts of your cooler; cover it thoroughly to prevent dirt buildup and then store in a space.
4. Winter care
In case you use or will use your swamp cooler during the months of winter, you need to take care of it accordingly. This means that you need to get rid of all the accumulated minerals and dirt, clean the clogged holes/pipes, scrape the bottom most trays and see that it is not rusting/cracked. If you find rusting in the tank, clean it and repaint the tank before adding water in the tank.
5. Clean the outside
Last but not the least, make sure that even the exterior of your swamp cooler is cleaned. Trust us when we say this, doing this will drastically improve the performance of your cooler. Keep it away from direct sunlight or other sources of heat, and clean it once in a while with a damp cloth. Do not use harsh chemicals on it at any cost because it may damage the paint of your electrical appliaance.