Starting Up Your Swamp Cooler Before Summer

Starting Up Your Swamp Cooler Before Summer

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Starting Up Your Swamp Cooler Before Summer

Slowly but surely the spring melt is underway. The snow level on the mountains is moving higher and the streams are running high and fast. That means it’s time to wake up the swamp cooler at your Glenwood Springs, Aspen, or Vail, CO home or business from its winter hibernation. 

Trust the Pros

You may think swamp cooler startup and maintenance is something you can handle on your own. That’s fine, but always keep this in mind: Nearly all evaporative coolers are mounted on the roof. Please make sure, and be honest, that you are comfortable going up and down ladders and working on a roof. One slip and fall can lead to serious injury or worse. Additionally, when you have a trained technician do the job for you, he or she can identify any potential problems that may require additional repairs.

Why a Startup Procedure is Vital

Climate Control Company doesn’t recommend this, but it is possible to just turn on an air conditioner when the weather gets hot, and it will work just fine. That’s not possible with a swamp cooler. Here’s a quick rundown of what a proper swamp cooler startup includes:

  • Once on the roof remove the cover that protected the swamp cooler during the winter. Inspect it carefully to determine if it needs to be replaced or can be used again in the fall.
  • Remove the side panels which can be held in place by clips, screws, or both.
  • Clean the inside of the swamp cooler removing any hard water scaling and debris. A vacuum and damp towel can help. If there is heavy scaling, try using a commercial descaling product designed for swamp coolers.
  • Any swamp cooler maintenance should always include changing the water pads. Their ability to absorb water is key to providing efficient cooling. These pads come in all shapes and sizes so make sure you have the correct replacement.
  • Connect the water supply line and turn the valve on. Make sure the drain plug is in place because it’s often removed as part of the winterization process.
  • Check for any water leaks to avoid damage to the roof or the inside of the home.
  • Reinstall the sides of the units and plug in the power supply.

Climate Control is Ready to Help

If you already have a swamp cooler for your Glenwood Springs, Aspen, or Vail, CO home or business, call Climate Control Company now to schedule your swamp cooler startup and maintenance. If you don’t have a swamp cooler, let us show you why it’s a great money-saving alternative or supplement to traditional air conditioning. For more great HVAC information, be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.