When you see pre-season sales for ski and snowboarding equipment, you know fall is in the air. It’s also time to think about shutting down those swamp coolers (also known as evaporative coolers). Climate Control Company wants to remind you a swamp cooler isn’t like an air conditioner that you just turn the switch off when the cool weather arrives. The shutdown requires a very specific series of steps to assure the cooler is ready to go when winter is over.
Winterization Is Really Important
It’s basic science. When water is left standing for a long time bad things happen.
- Rapid growth of mold and mildew
- Rust and corrosion
- Freezing temperatures cause broken water pipes and leaks
We firmly believe the best way to winterize your swamp cooler is to call Climate Control Company and have one or our pros take care of it for you. That said, if you decide to do it yourself these are the key steps in shutting down swamp coolers.
Pull the Plug
Make sure the power supply is turned off. The last thing you want is for the swamp cooler to power on while you’re working. It also eliminates any chance of the cooler powering up during the winter.
Shut Off The Water Supply
All swamp coolers require water to keep the pads wet. Locate the valve for the water and turn it off. Then disconnect the hose carrying water to the cooler and drain it completely.
Drain The Cooler
All water needs to be removed from the inside of the cooler. There should be a drain plug you can open with a pair of pliers or a wrench. You can also bail out most of the water. Either way make sure you use rags or sponges to soak up the remaining water to prevent rust and corrosion.
Clean The Cooler
A shop vac is a good way to remove minerals and dirt from the swamp cooler, but since most coolers are on the roof that’s not always practical. You can also use a sponge and white vinegar to clean the inside.
Cover The Cooler
When you are sure everything inside the cooler is clean and dry, you need to cover it with a properly sized swamp cooler cover. Remember, the winter storms are coming so make sure the cover is securely tied down on your Glenwood Springs, Aspen or Vail, CO home.
Close/Cover Vent To House
The vent carries the cool air into the house during the summer, but you don’t want to leave it open for warm air to escape during the winter.
The Time Is Now
If it sounds like climbing on the roof and shutting down a swamp cooler is more than you want to attempt, we urge you to call in the professionals. Just remember, timing is everything. The swamp cooler has kept your home or business cool through the hot summer, but don’t wait too long to shut it down. We know how quickly snow and cold can invade the Western Slope resulting in serious damage to the unit.
Comfort Driven, Colorado Style
We’ve been taking care of the heating and air conditioning needs of our clients since 1956. Call now and schedule your evaporative cooler shutdown and any other seasonal maintenance you need. Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.