Let go on the record right now: I don’t believe in calling someone a bad evaporative cooler owner. It might be semantics, but I would prefer to use terms like an owner who procrastinates when it comes to scheduling service or doesn’t take the time to learn about proper maintenance for his or her swamp cooler.
Right now is a good example. While we may still have a few warm days, it’s time to think about putting your cooler to bed for the winter. With an air conditioner that amounts to turning it off until it’s time for spring maintenance. Shutting down a swamp cooler for the season is a more complicated procedure. Here are the basic steps:
Turn off the water supply
Disconnect the water line
All the water needs to be out of the line if it’s going to be exposed to freezing temps. You might even need compressed air to blow the water out. If possible, take the water line and store it inside
Drain the water
All standing water needs to be removed from the base of the swamp cooler to prevent rust and freezing. You will have to remove one or two sides from the cabinet then use a bucket and sponge to remove as much water as possible.
Clean the cooler
Use the same sponge to clean away any dirt & grime on the inside walls of the cooler. A shop vac might be handy to remove any mineral or dirt buildup in the pan.
Cover the cooler
This will prevent the evaporative cooler from the elements during the cold and snowy Colorado winter. Make sure the cover is the proper size then slip it over cooler and tie it to the sides at the bottom.
Block the vent
Covering the vent where the evaporative cooler blows cool air into the house will prevent heat loss during the winter.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
It’s not impossible for the homeowner to handle this procedure but keep in mind all of this is happening on the roof, where most swamp coolers are installed. It might be a good idea to call in a professional from Climate Control Company. This also gives the technician the opportunity to check all the components for any wear and tear that happened over the summer. Doing your evaporative cooler shutdown correctly will assure an easy startup in your Glenwood Springs, Aspen, or Vail, CO home when the hot air returns next year. Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more great information like this.