An evaporative cooler — also known as a “swamp cooler” — is an alternative to a traditional air conditioner system. They are highly energy-efficient and are particularly suitable for dry climates like that here in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. This cooling device works by evaporating water as opposed to using refrigerant to cool the air.
Apart from being more energy-efficient, evaporative coolers also humidify the air. In this article, we will take a look at some of the problems that are related to repair and maintenance of your cooler.
1. The unit does not start
You should start by examining the fuse of the evaporative cooler. Most often, the unit does not start because of a blown fuse. If the fuse is blown, you may need to call Wagner to get it replaced.
In some cases, the breaker can also trip, causing the system to fail to start. Inspecting the wiring for signs of damage can resolve the problem. You should have one of the professional technicians from Wagner Mechanical do this for you.
2. There’s a strange odor coming from the unit
A strange odor coming from the unit can be caused by stagnant water or mildew. For obvious reasons, this is not a problem you want to ignore or procrastinate on.
You should consider calling one of the technicians from Wagner Mechanical to diagnose the cause of the problem. Our technicians will decide what kind of cleaning the evaporative cooler needs, and if the water needs to be changed out.
3. The air flow isn’t what it should be
Improper air flow is mainly caused by a blockage in the exhaust ducts. Call a technician to correct the problem. In case the evaporative cooler does not have an exhaust, you should make sure that there is a proper opening for the unit. Wagner Mechanical’s team can help you with this.
Most evaporative cooler manufacturers require that there should be an opening of about two square foot for every 1,000 cubic feet per minute (CFM) supplied by the unit.
4. The evaporative cooler is leaking water
Water dripping from the cooler is another sign that the unit needs repairs. The water may be dripping due to many reasons. Most often, it is due to improper storage of the cooling unit during the winter. Make sure that you store the unit properly. Before winterizing the evaporator cooler, you should drain the unit, remove the pads, and clean the tank. Also, the unit should be kept in a well-covered area.
Call Wagner Mechanical for your swamp cooler repair needs
If your evaporative cooler shows any of the signs mentioned above, you should consider calling a professional and licensed technician from Wagner to inspect your unit.
Also, it’s recommended that you get your swamp cooler checked on a regular basis. During a routine inspection, the technician will make a thorough inspection to ensure everything is in good condition. Regular maintenance will ensure optimal cooling efficiency. It will also reduce the likelihood of costly repairs.