Most homeowners know how important it is to winterize their swamp coolers, but many don’t realize it’s just as important to dewinterize your swamp cooler in the spring before using it again. This essential swamp cooler startup service preps the cooler for heavy use and helps it run optimally.
Before you attempt to dewinterize your cooler yourself or neglect this step altogether, here’s what you should know about the process, why it’s important, and why you should have a professional take care of it for you.
What could happen if you don’t dewinterize your swamp cooler?
Expecting your swamp cooler to work well during its first startup of the year without any preparation is unrealistic. After being inactive the entire winter, your cooler needs some TLC before it can handle the rigorous demands placed on it during the warmer months.
To put this need into perspective, imagine you were getting ready to participate in your first-ever triathlon. What if you didn’t prepare at all in advance? Do you think you’d make it through the entire course, or would you likely collapse somewhere along the way?
Expecting your swamp cooler to perform at its best without any preparation is a similar scenario. Without adequate preparation, it will probably peter out at the most inconvenient time. Fortunately, dewinterizing it can help extend its life and make it more reliable.
What’s included in a dewinterizing service?
Getting a swamp cooler ready for warmer weather typically includes a variety of services, such as:
- Removing the protective cover
- Changing the pads
- Cleaning out the area beneath the pads
- Removing dust and debris from the exterior and interior of the unit
- Connecting the water line
- Making sure the drain plug is securely connected
At Wagner, we also do a thorough check of your swamp cooler to make sure all parts are working correctly. If we notice any problems, we’ll make you aware of them right away. We’ll also let you know if any repairs are needed to ensure that your cooler is ready to meet summertime demands.
What could go wrong if you did it yourself?
If you aren’t familiar with the different parts of your cooler, it can be challenging to make sure they’re all clean and working properly. Additionally, if you dewinterize your cooler yourself, you may not notice signs of problems.
Our HVAC specialists know exactly what to look for in a properly functioning swamp cooler and can spot common indications of problems with their highly trained eyes. Hiring a professional to perform dewinterizing services each year helps ensure that minor issues are caught and addressed before they have the chance to get worse (and more expensive!).
Remember, it’s always better to have professionals catch problems while they’re still able to be repaired. The last thing you want to deal with is needing to replace your entire swamp cooler because you didn’t maintain it correctly or catch problems early.
Call Wagner to schedule your swamp cooler startup
It doesn’t cost much to dewinterize swamp cooler, and it’s well worth what you pay. To schedule your swamp cooler startup here in Albuquerque, contact our team.
It’s the sound that keeps homeowners up at night. During the day, it’s a minor annoyance. In the still hours of night, however, it might as well be a jackhammer in your home. When your toilet runs constantly, it’s hard not to notice. Many homeowners write this off as a quirk of their plumbing, but, as it turns out, diagnosing issues with the toilet that might be causing it to run is pretty straightforward. In this article, we’ll review the three most common causes of a toilet that runs constantly, and why you should call Wagner for fast plumbing repair here in Albuquerque.
Has your toilet been running constantly? Check:
The toilet flapper
Your toilet’s “flapper” is the watertight seal that opens to allow water into the bowl when you flush. It then closes to stop the flush. When a toilet runs constantly, the most common issue is that this valve is no longer functioning like it should.
Lift off the top of the tank and take a look at the flapper. If there’s visible damage (such as a crack), that means it’s not able to form that watertight seal. Or, it might be out of alignment—same outcome.
These are signs that you should call our plumbers here at Wagner right away. We’ll come out with a replacement flapper and repair the toilet, fast.
A broken chain is another common issue that can cause a toilet to run. When you press the handle to flush the toilet, the lever pulls up on the chain, which is connected to the flapper. This pulls the flapper up and allows water to exit the tank into the bowl, flushing the toilet. In other words, no chain, no flush.
Often, the chain can become disconnected at the flapper end: the plastic loophole that the chain runs through in the flapper is prone to splitting after years of use.
However, chain issues can also prevent the flapper from closing all the way, leading to a constantly running toilet. If the chain is too long, it can continually get caught underneath the flapper, prohibiting a watertight seal from forming.
If you’re not quite sure what has caused your toilet to run, it could be the chain. Call our plumbers here at Wagner for fast, local service.
The float ball
After you flush and the water exits the tank into the bowl, water begins to slowly refill in the tank. But, just how does it know when to stop? This is the purpose of the float ball and the “arm” it’s connected to. As the water in the tank rises, so does the float ball.
At a certain point, the ball is high enough to trigger the arm to cut off the water intake, keeping the tank at a consistent amount of water needed for the next flush. In fact, adjusting the float arm and ball is an effective way to either cut your water usage or increase the amount of water used with a flush. Talk to one of our plumbers about your options.
Problems with either ball and float do arise. As a precaution against a flooded home, the toilet has a critical safety mechanism to fall back on: when the water gets too high in the tank, it reaches an overflow tube that carries the spillage into the bowl.
This, as you might expect, causes the sound of a toilet running constantly. Typically, stopping this involves replacing either the float ball or arm so that the water level is better regulated. To have a professional inspect your home’s toilet for any issues, call us today.
Call Wagner for all your plumbing needs
When you stop to consider everything that can go wrong in a home—from a clogged sewer line to a leaking pipe under your foundation—a constantly running toilet might seem like just a minor inconvenience. However, the team at Wagner is here to help with all of it. We’re Albuquerque’s locally trusted, long-standing plumbing team. No matter what your home needs, we can help: we also offer outstanding HVAC and electrical services. Call us today to get started!
Serving Albuquerque, NM
Since 1928, Wagner has been servicing the heating, air conditioning and plumbing needs of Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM.