This post is the eighth in a multi part series on swamp coolers and their maintenance, repair, and replacement. If you haven’t read parts 1 – 7, I recommend you do before continuing.
Swamp cooler repair (continued)
Other things that can go wrong include cracked or clogged water lines, distributors, or valves, blown fuses, faulty thermostats, burnt out fan motors, and improper float valve adjustment.
When you have swamp cooler problems, the easiest way to get back to the cool, comfort of AC is to give the pros at Polar HVAC a call. Afraid of weekend or holiday extra charges? Don’t be! At Polar, the price is the same no matter when you need service.
When should I replace my swamp cooler?
The simple answer is it needs replacing when it doesn’t work any more. However, there’s a bit more of a judgement call involved than that implies. A good swamp cooler repair technician can keep an old unit running for a long time, but it might not be worth the cumulative cost and inconvenience of chronic repairs. If your swamp cooler is limping along on its last legs, or consistently failing to live up to your expectations, then it might be time to start shopping for a newer, better cooler. The question then becomes, what should you get to replace it?
What should I replace my swamp cooler with?
One reason that swamp coolers are so ubiquitous in Albuquerque is that when many houses in town were built – in the 70s and 80s – household refrigerated air units were oftentimes prohibitively expensive. Swamp coolers were cheap and easy, but there also weren’t really any other good options, so they were installed en masse more or less by default.
Check back soon for How to maintain your swamp cooler, when to replace it, and what to replace it with, part 9. In the meantime, check out our page on swamp coolers.