This post is the third in a multi-part series on swamp coolers and swamp cooler start up in Albuquerque. If you haven’t read parts 1 and 2 yet, I recommend you do before continuing.

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Swamp cooler start up (continued)

Now that freezing temperatures are gone and we want to start using our swamp coolers again, it’s time to reverse that winterizing process. Let’s take a look at the steps:

  • Remove the covers – pro tip: if the unit you’re working on has metal cover panels, it’s a good idea to keep track of which panel went on which side. Sometimes the holes are not all drilled in the same places. If your unit has a cloth cover, this is a good time to inspect it and make sure it doesn’t have any tears, and isn’t overly worn. If it’s in good shape, stick it in storage until fall.
  • Clean out the pan – in order for your cooler to work the best it can and last as long as it can, it’s important to keep the inside of the unit clean. Over time, dust and other debris will accumulate in the pan. You can use a shop vac to clean out any dust, sticks, or hard water residue you see. If you have scale you can’t remove with a vacuum, you can try a commercial descaling solution designed for the purpose.
  • Replace the pads – during swamp cooler start up is the perfect time to replace your cooler’s pads. Over time, the pads get filled with hard water residue and dust, making them less and less effective. Installing a set of new pads during start up is essential to making sure your cooler stays at peak performance. If you don’t know the size of your pads, don’t forget to measure them before you head to the store for new ones!

Check back soon for All about swamp coolers and swamp cooler startup – beat the heat! Part 4. In the meantime, check out our page on swamp cooler start up.