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It has been beautiful here in in Grand Junction! Driving around town you might have noticed that flowers are blooming, gardens are being planted, and days are getting hot. Did you see that we are supposed to hit 81° on Saturday? Things are about to heat up really quick here in the Valley, which means it’s time to start thinking about getting your Swamp Cooler ready for Summer.
I thought I would share with you all a step by step guide on how to get your swamp cooler summer ready for those who would like to do it yourself!
Ten Steps To A Working Swamp Cooler
Step 1 – First off, you will want to remove the sections from your swamp cooler. There is typically a small clip that rotate to allow you to slide all your sides off easily. This should be the case with pretty much any shape of swamp cooler and it is important to take them off so that you can get a full scope of what is going on inside your cooler.
Step 2 – Since your cooler is dry, you will want to cleaning out all the dirt and dust that has accumulated over the winter. You can use a damp rag, vacuum cleaner, or any other cleaning method you like. How you do it does not matter as much as just getting it done.
Step 3 – Check all pads. It is ideal to change out your swamp cooler pads every year but we understand that it is not always possible. I recommend checking them to make sure they are not brittle. If they are old or brittle the pads may not hold the water needed to effectively cool your home.
Step 4 – Check your drain plugs and water your lines. Make sure the lines are not cracked and that they will hold water correctly.
Step 5 – Check the swamp coolers belt. Make sure it is free of any cracks and that it spins the motor easily. If it is old and cracked, it will need to be replaced.
Step 6 – Check the inside and panels for rust spots. If you find any rust you can scrub them off with steal wool and spray a clear coat or paint over it to prevent the rust from spreading.
Step 7 – Add oil to lubricate the motor if needed. Your user manual will be able to tell you the exact spots that might need to be oiled.
Step 9 – Put the swamp cooler back together.
Step 10 – Fill the reservoir with water and make sure your swamp cooler is working properly.
Once you have gone through the steps your swamp cooler should be ready for summer!
*If you have a leaking Swamp Cooler you may want to watch my video below!
I am looking forward to this summer and more beautiful days here in the Grand Valley!