Although an evaporative cleaner can be a useful machine, regular maintenance is necessary to ensure it runs smoothly for longer periods.
While the pads are the most critical part of an evaporative cooler, it is also important to keep them in good condition. If you’ve never cleaned your unit before you might not know how to do it properly. This guide will show you step-by-step how to maintain your unit and how to clean your cooling pad.
These important maintenance and cleaning steps will ensure your air cooler lasts for as long as possible and performs at its best.
1. Drain The Unit
If your unit has water, you will need to turn off the water supply to the unit and drain the remaining water. You will also need to turn off the power supply so that you don’t get shocked.
The type of evaporative cooler pads you use will determine how you drain the tank, but it is generally the same regardless of the size. The drain plug is usually found in whole-house cooling systems. However, it might be necessary to siphon the tank with a hose.
2. Make Sure To Clean The Water Tank
It is a great time to clean the tank while it is still open. To remove any debris stuck to the tank, you should use a scouring instrument such as a stiff brush or a sponge. You can use a vacuum to remove any extra debris after the scrub is complete.
If the tank is sufficiently light, you can just throw the waste in the trash. To make sure that the tank is clean, wash it with soapy water.
If the water that your air cooler uses regularly has a high level of mineral content, sometimes even this might not suffice. Mineral deposits may be found inside the tank that is difficult to clean. This is a situation where you will need to spend more time cleaning the tank.
3. Look For Problems
Before you get to the pads, it is a good idea to inspect your air cooler for any defects or damages. Damage to any part of your evaporative cooler can either stop it from functioning completely or make it less efficient.
Cracks and punctures in your water tank are the first things you should look out for. This is where water could seep out. This will most likely be noticed while you are cleaning out the water tank. However, it is important to double-check and ensure that nothing is missed.
You can use silicone caulking if you find cracks in your water tank. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions about how long to dry the silicone caulk.
Also, make sure to check the float arms. Otherwise, it will not move up or down freely. Mineral deposits could be causing your arm to stick if it has trouble moving. If they’re particularly stubborn, you can scrub them off with vinegar.
You can access them easily if you have the ability. Also, check on your cooler’s fan and motor, as these parts need to be maintained regularly. Moving parts can be kept lubricated by applying oil to them. This will make them last longer.