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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Swamp Cooler Faux Pas!

-->This post is from a few years back but we thought it is good information for this time of the year.
It is that time of year when the weather is starting to warm up and most of us will be turning on our swamp coolers soon. Before doing so we have a few tips for you.

To get your swamp cooler running properly, clean out any dust and debris that may have settled in your unit and change out your evaporation pads.
As the weather started to get cold last fall, you should have disconnected the water line to your swamp cooler from both the unit and the water supply. The water line should have been blown out and kept disconnected until the spring.
If you didn’t disconnect your water line, there is a good chance that there could be a crack in it. If water gets trapped in the pipe, during the winter it will freeze and the water that remained in the piping expands which could leave cracks in it. When you turn on the water supply, water escapes from the cracks and can leave you with a big mess to clean up. If not caught soon, you could end up with major water damage and even mold.
When re-attaching the water line, make sure the ferrule is all the way onto the pipe. If not, when you tighten the compression nut to the water supply it has a tendency to move the ferrule off the pipe and creates a very unstable connection and the pressure of the water can blow out the waterline. Tighten the lines to both the swamp cooler and the water supply, make sure the connections are secure and you are set to turn on your water, and enjoy the nice cool air!
If you need to replace a water line we recommend that you get a copper supply piping, It the strongest and if properly cared for it will last the longest. The next best thing is a Pex line; it is a thick durable opaque plastic. If you are looking for the cheapest solution you can get a polypropylene line that is thinner and less durable plastic piping. If you have any questions or experience a leak, call Advanced Restoration!

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