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How often should you do a routine cleaning of your evaporative cooling unit?



How often should you do a routine cleaning of your evaporative cooling unit?

Failing to do what you’re supposed to do on time can have a wide variety of implications – some mildly inconvenient and annoying, others downright terrible. 

For example, forgetting to empty the trash on time means you’ll have to watch your candy wraps, chip bags, beer bottles, and rat carcasses rot under the star for one extra week. 

On the other hand, imagine spending years preparing the defense tactics against Germans and fortifying the Franco-German border with a one-of-a-kind series of fortresses, barbed wire fields, and cannon installations while completely forgetting that there’s a little thing called Belgium just to the north which is completely defenseless. 

Good job monsieur Maginot! And where did the Germans come from in the end? You’ve guessed it – Belgium

Anyway, while forgetting to clean up and fix your evaporative cooling unit before summer isn’t as bad as being invaded by Nazis, the experience does come pretty close to it! So, while we can’t fix the French defense measurements in retrospect, what we can do is advise you on how to take good care of your very own swamp box

Alright, then folks here’s the deal! 


Warning Signs That Your Evaporative Cooling Unit Needs Cleaning 

The Unit Won’t Start at All

One of the most obvious giveaways that something might be wrong with your cooling unit is the scenario where you hit the ON button and then … nothing happens

In this case, the problem most likely lies within the electric system. You see, during the winter months, when the cooling unit sits all idle, cables can start showing signs of wear and tear. Rats can nibble on them, that can happen easily also. 

On the other hand, a fuse blowing up can also cause it. This would be the better scenario because you can then just replace the fuse and continue using your beloved evaporative cooling unit this summer, as well. 

Of course, inviting the pros to inspect your cables and contraptions instead of you is always a better idea than doing it on your own – especially if the problem is ‘electric‘ and you have no idea who Nicola Tesla was. For these situations, you might want to employ the help of some evaporative cooling services, who will know everything there is to know about it. 


Poor Air Flow 

If you did manage to turn your cooling system on after a couple of months of idleness, but the airflow is poor – what else did you expect! For it to run smoothly after so much time not being tended to? 

Usually, the problem with the airflow amounts to something getting stuck in the exhaust ducts. Thus positioned, the item that sits in the cooling unit will block the airflow causing it to be not of the same intensity as before. As soon as you notice symptoms of this, take steps to remove the alien object from the place where it’s not supposed to be. 


Water Leaks 

So, you’ve started up the cooling unit, it runs fairly decently for a while, but then you notice a nasty leak coming out of it. That’s a red flag right there. Something’s up and it’s probably water. Most definitely water. 

The thing is if you don’t empty the tank before the winter sets in, and this unit is exposed to snow and rain during these cold months, some of the water is going the get stuck inside the unit itself. Run it a couple of months later without draining it first et voila! – you’ll have leaks left, right, and center! 


Weird Smell Coming From the Unit 

Another annoying aspect of stagnant water getting stuck in evaporative cooling units would be the fact the stench. 

That’s right if left unattended for too long, the water in these cooling units can not only cause leaks, but it can also smell as if a school of fish all died together in one rancid heap! You can see already why avoiding this stinky scenario is in your best interest. 

A great rule to follow is to always check your evaporative cooling unit come spring, no matter in what condition it was when you stored it (or didn’t store it) the last season. This way, you can be sure that once you hit the ON button, you won’t get any nasty surprises. 

All things considered, having an evaporative cooling unit during the summer can be a proper lifesaver. Of course, to make the best of it, you need to check it regularly and make sure it’s always clean. Remember, a casual checkup can save you a lot of money down the road! 

Ron Wolf is a hobby designer and a DIY enthusiast, and, above all, a very blessed father of two. Besides that, he has a strong passion for writing. He is a featured blogger at various blogs and magazines in which he shared his research and experience with the vast online community. If he is not working he enjoys being outside with his family. Hiking, bike riding, and BBQing are always a thing for him. In the evening, he likes to watch documentaries or build something with kids in their lego corner.