“Swamp coolers” are especially suitable for arid areas like western Nebraska, where the air is drier. In Grand island, they are an alternative to traditional A/C units. Evaporative coolers use old-fashioned technology to cool at a lower cost. On a dry, hot day, they quickly cool down a room or even an entire home.
All appliances that invoice water suffer from wear and tear, equipment damage, and the occasional leak. With a swamp cooler, a minor drip can result in a flood in the center of your home. (And usually on the hottest day of the year!)
A swamp cooler uses water-soaked pads and a fan to cool your home when the humidity is low. But, swamp coolers take a little more attention to start and operate than a central air system with a thermostat. But since the unit is outside, if you are lucky, you’ll see the problem on your roof before it gets inside the home.
Like in your toilet, a float valve maintains a set amount of water. If it breaks, water can overrun the reservoir and pour on the roof. This reservoir may be rusted or damaged over time.
Exposed to the extreme heat on the roof, and cold water inside, the elements of the system experience a lot of expansion and contraction. Over time, seams and connections can fatigue and crack, leading to leaks. The water line and spider tube arms could get loose or damaged, as well.
Get familiar with your unit. Inspect your swamp cooler on a regular basis. Read the manual. Confirm the electoral components are correctly installed. Look for damage and deterioration that can lead to a leak or already is a leak you never noticed before: tubing, hoses, connections.
Replace water components ahead of time. In addition to changing your water pads on a routine basis, repair or replace any other components that show wear. Don’t let water sit in your swamp cooler if it’s not in use. Stagnant water can lead to build-up and corrosion.
Regularly clean out your water tubing, and impeller screen, and remove mineral deposits. If you aren’t willing or able to clean it, plan a preseason service call so that a knowledgeable technician can identify problems before they lead to leaks.
Any appliance leaks require a quick repair and response to the leftover water. With a swamp cooler, however, it could be the difference between a simple fix and having to replace your entire unit. And then you need to address the resulting water damage.
With any type of cooling system, excess moisture must be controlled and safely directed out of the home. If there is a breakdown at any step, drips can become puddles. When water is left to run for too long, it deteriorates surrounding exterior surfaces: shingles, stucco, and wood siding. Within the home, water can build up in the attic and drip through the ceiling, run down walls, and soak into carpets.
While you need the HVAC team to repair the unit, you need Yellow Van services to restore the resulting water damage. The experienced technicians will address all the visual damage but will also search for hidden moisture. Not only do you want the home to look good after repairs, but you also want to know that it is safe from future mold and additional damage.
Central air, evaporative coolers, and window units can all create a water hazard during the process of keeping you cool. Cleaning up water damage on your own can be overwhelming. Since 1981, Yellow Van Carpet and Restoration technicians have provided home restoration services that get people back into clean, healthy homes.
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