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Water is an essential part of a functioning swamp cooler. Unfortunately, that means it’s susceptible to leaks from time to time. So what should you do if you notice a leak coming from the swamp cooler in your building?

Don’t worry. In most cases, they can be repaired easily. However, a leak that has been occurring for a long time can cause water damage and mold, which is why you should have the swamp cooler repaired promptly.

First things first, figure out where the leak is coming from.

Find the Source of the Leak

There are a few different spots your swamp cooler could be leaking from. Be sure to give it a thorough inspection.

The water feed line is a common source of leaks. You can locate it where the water line enters the cooler housing. How does the compression nut look? Try tightening it! Check out the rubber washer. Does it need to be replaced? Inspect the float valve inside. See if it’s broken or needs to be tightened.

Sometimes the source of the leak can be coming from the float valve inlet. In this case, water entering your reservoir could be spraying out. Pull on the arm to see where the water is flowing. Adjust if you notice it’s exiting the reservoir instead of flowing into it.

Take a look at the drainage hole on the bottom of your swamp cooler. This could just mean there’s too much water in your reservoir. Check to see if the water is above the overflow line. If so, pull on the float arm to release some water. If that doesn’t do the trick there might be an issue with the overflow pipe or drain fittings.

Another common problem that could result in a leak is a degraded cooler pad. Scale buildup and rust can cause a lot of problems with the mechanics of the swamp cooler. It could pull away from the distributor and allow water to spray out. In some cases, it could become so encrusted with scales that it forms a channel between the pad and the front screen where water can flow freely. Whatever the issue, fixing the pad is usually the solution if it looks degraded.

If you take these steps and there’s still an issue, it may be time to invest in a new swamp cooler.

Prevent Future Swamp Cooler Damage

Once you repair your swamp cooler, take steps to assure it won’t be prone to leaks in the future. When it comes time to put your cooling system to work, don’t turn it on until the temperature reaches 85 degrees so it uses less water.

Open at least one window when cooling to help the air circulate.

Utilize a thermostat to gain better control of the temperature and energy you’re using.

And finally, be sure your water pump has time to saturate the pads before you turn on the fan.

Call on Restoration 1 of Central Denver

If not properly fixed in time, your swamp cooler can cause a lot of water damage before you fix the leak. Water damage can lead to an array of undesirable consequences such as bubbling paint, discolored ceilings, and even mold! This can be a brand new headache to deal with.

Restoration 1 of Central Denver is here to help deal with the aftermath of your swamp cooler leak if it does get to a damaging point. We service homes and commercial buildings so wherever disaster strikes, we’re on the job!If you’re in the Central Denver Area, contact our top-quality team for all your restoration needs!

Author: John Rust

Author: John Rust

John Rust, Owner of Restoration 1 of Central Denver has been in the exterior and interior restoration industry for 12 years. His background includes exterior building products including roofing and siding, as well as interior restoration and reconstruction. John's experience encompasses field, sales and operations in both industries and currently manages all daily business and operations for Restoration 1 of Central Denver.