Evaporative coolers, also known as swamp coolers, are an excellent alternative to conventional air conditioning in hot, dry climates. Using both a wet thermometer and a dry thermometer can determine of the efficacy of an evaporative cooler. The difference between the temperatures of the two thermometers can indicate how much an evaporative cooler can reduce heat inside a home or commercial property. At Daniels Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC our certified professionals offer a number of specialized evaporative cooler repair and installation services to residents of Albuquerque and the surrounding communities including prompt repairs, thorough maintenance inspections, and even evaporative cooler replacements if the situation calls for it.
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What are some common problems with evaporative coolers?
Evaporative coolers may increase humidity at such a level that it will reduce the natural cooling effects of the human body, which can have a negative impact on certain vital systems. Swamp coolers can also encourage the development of mold, mildew, and rust in a home or building leading to other health related symptoms. Wood furniture may become saturated with moisture and have trouble drying out, causing possible rot and deterioration. Ductwork is less efficient with an evaporative cooler because of the volume of air needed to move through a property. Many ducts are unable to carry the volume. Water usage is also considerable since a swamp cooler can use up to ten gallons per hour.
What are signs that you need evaporative cooler repair?
- Cooling decreases a great deal, indicating possible plumbing, fan, and pad problems.
- Leaking through the roof or down walls causes damage that may be linked to plumbing failure.
- Rust in the chassis of the evaporative cooler, indicating a need for replacement parts.
- A swampy odor permeating your home or building can indicate mold, mildew, and algae growth in the reservoir and pads of the cooler.
- Mineral buildup in the pads and within the pipes of the cooler can occur, depending upon the quality of the water that is used in the system.
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What type of maintenance is required for swamp coolers?
Swamp coolers must be maintained often in order to keep your system in good condition throughout the warmer months of the year. During a professional evaporative cooler maintenance inspection and tune-up our cooling specialists will perform a number of essential tasks to ensure the continued efficiency and optimal functionality of your swamp cooler. These tasks will include:
- Replacing the pads in your evaporative cooler to ensure optimum operation and to prevent mildew and mold from developing.
- Emptying the reservoir to reduce standing water that may attract algae and mold.
- Shutting off the water supply and draining the pipes to prevent them from freezing and potentially bursting.
- Checking the fan motor and connections to be sure that your system is operable condition. We will also lubricate gears when necessary to protect your swamp cooler throughout the year.
- Covering the chassis of the cooler with an airtight, waterproof casing to keep cold air out of the property and protect the system from damage caused by dirt, ice, wind, and snow.
When properly maintained evaporative coolers are a relatively inexpensive alternative to conventional air conditioning systems. They are very practical in dry, hot climates and can provide a desirable temperature for many homes and commercial buildings. Get in contact with us today for more information on our evaporative cooler installation and repair services.