As we organize and prepare for the spring and summer season, our minds turn to thoughts of getting ready for warmer weather. And here in Boulder that means the annual opening up of evaporative coolers, or swamp coolers as some have come to call them.
As the population has boomed in Boulder so have the amount of calls we at Meyers get each year to open and close evaporative coolers. And as much as we want to help as many people as possible, unfortunately we currently get more calls for this service than we have the capability of handling. This is a detailed, labor intensive, time-oriented task, and we only have so many workers to dedicate toward this.
So, for 2019 we will have only a certain number of cooler customers we can handle and unfortunately after that we will have to refer people to alternative companies to get this done.
We will continue to provide exceptional service to our evaporative cooler customers, even though there will be fewer swamp coolers we can maintain moving forward. We will also be increasing our rates for 2019. We have always tried to provide quality products/services at affordable rates for our customers, and will continue to do so. However, we have no choice but to raise the price for this service. This increase will allow us to continue the quality and breadth of opening service for evaporative cooling our clients need and love.
The following article describes our advice for cleaning out, inspecting, and reassembling your swamp cooler (assuming it’s been winterized all season).
For you Do-It-Yourself-Ers…Here are instructions for starting up your swamp cooler before summer
CLEAN IT OUT
Dust and debris likely collected within the swamp cooler throughout the year. Even if it’s been covered all winter long, it’s worth spending some time clearing out parts of your swamp cooler to keep debris from blocking operation.
- Uncover it! This is the very first step with any swamp cooler start-up, of course. If, for some reason, you decide not to spend time cleaning your cooler out, this is the least you can do.
- Clean off debris. We recommend that this is the very minimum that you do—picking off debris and dust from the service and visible components, but we recommend doing more.
- Take it apart. The sides of an evaporative cooler usually come apart relatively easily. You can use a shop vac to clear debris out of the inside of the swamp cooler.
CHANGE THE PAD
You should be changing the pad of your evaporative cooler each year, though we recommend more often for swamp coolers that get a lot of use. If you have hard water, you may need to replace the pad every two months or so. Consult your manual to make sure you get the right type of cooler pad—rigid-sheet pad or fiber pad—and that it is the right size for your unit.
RECONNECT AND INSPECT
- Reconnect the water line and look for leaks while you do.
- Turn on the unit and check the operation of the pump and motor before putting the sides back together.
- Put the system back together and call in a technician if you noticed any obvious issues.
Thank you for choosing Meyers!