It’s possible to remain cool without breaking the bank with a swamp cooler. In other words, they’re evaporative coolers, and their primary function is to lower ambient temperatures by as much as 20 degrees Fahrenheit. It is essential to do swamp cooler troubleshooting to figure out what is wrong with a swamp cooler that doesn’t work well, leaks, or doesn’t work.
Low Air Flow Swamp Cooler
Ensure there is enough exhaust for the cooler if there is not enough air flowing from the unit. There must be two square yards for every 1000 feet of air supplied. In swamp coolers, this is a prevalent problem. As a result, you must open your windows or doors if you don’t have exhaust ducts.
Check the water system to see whether it’s operating correctly if the device has enough airflow but doesn’t seem to be cooling you down. Ensure adequate water is in the unit, the water pump is functional, and the distributor is not clogged.
You may also be in a location with too much humidity, as evaporative coolers operate by dispersing water into the air. In arid areas, these coolers are most effective. If there is already too much water in the air, they cannot spread it to the rest of the atmosphere. Try again on a dry day or use a portable air conditioner if the humidity level is above 50%.
Dripping Evaporative Cooler
It’s common for swamp coolers to leak water if not properly stored. When putting a swamp cooler away for the winter, remove the pads, drain the tank, and clean the unit before reassembling it.
An Afloat valve that has been poorly set can lead to excessive water usage and possibly overflow. You can try manually adjusting the rod to see if this fixes the problem by ensuring the gadget gets adequate water without drowning.
The unit will not come on.
The first step is to check your fuse box or circuit breaker since the device may have overloaded the circuit and caused a fuse to blow. Check the unit’s breakers and reset them if they’re tripped. Resetting the breaker or changing the fuse may help your cooler come back to life if that’s what caused the problem in the first place.
Ensure that your thermostat isn’t set too high or that the timer has been set for the future; if your unit has these capabilities, you can find them.
The voltmeter may check if your switch is working correctly in the absence of a thermostat or timer. After that, disconnect the device and inspect the motor and wires. Adjust the belt and keep the blower at a safe temperature. Depending on how hot the blower is, you may either let it cool down and try again later, or you can adjust the belt if it has slid. An electrician or repairman should be called in for any issues with the switch or motor that are not connected to the belt slipping or the blower overheating.
Emitting Musty Odors
You should inspect and replace your pillows regularly. This can be caused by stagnant water in the cooler and mildew on the pads. Drain and clean out the sump if it’s collecting dust. If this happens frequently, consider installing a bleed-off kit, and add a teaspoon of vinegar to the new water. A bleed-off kit will automatically flush out some water and refill it with fresh water.