Swamp coolers are a more cost-effective way to cool your environment than purchasing an air conditioning system. Sometimes referred to as evaporative coolers, these handy systems bring down the temperature of your environment by as much as 20 degrees Fahrenheit by dispensing evaporated water into the air. There are, however, a few things that may occur, such as your swamp cooler dripping, having low air flow, or even not turning on at all. In these situations, some troubleshooting will help you locate the problem.
Swamp Cooler Low Air Flow
This is a common occurrence with swamp coolers, thankfully, there’s an easy way to investigate. Go check to see if there are enough exhaust openings for the unit. It is required for every thousand cubic feet of air that is being supplied, that there are two square feet of openings. If your system does not include exhaust ducts, you need to have your doors or windows open to allow proper air flow.
Not Cooling Enough
Sometimes, air flow isn’t the problem so much as the air simply not cooling the area down. In this case, it is time to check to see if the water system is functioning. First, look to see if there is enough water inside the unit. Next check in on the water pump, and the distributor, and make sure that it isn’t clogged.
Due to the nature of swamp coolers releasing moisture into the air as a means of cooling, swamp coolers are much less effective in humid climates. These coolers are designed to work more efficiently in dry areas, because if the outside humidity is over 50 percent, there is already too much moisture in the air. If this happens, you’re going to have to try again on a less humid day or consider investing in a portable air conditioner for the days that your area is experiencing high levels of moisture.