Getting a swamp cooler ready for winter is an easy task that most anyone can do.
It does sometimes require climbing a ladder and using everyday tools such as pliers and screwdrivers, so if in doubt always hire a professional to do it for you.
Each evaporative swamp cooler will be slightly different depending on the size, manufacture, and the age of the unit.
All units work on the same principle so the steps below will work with almost any unit.
How to Winterizing an Evaporative Swamp Cooler
- Turn the Power Off
- Turn the Water Off
- Remove Side Panel
- Put Side Panels Back On
- Put a Swamp Cooler Cover On
The water to the unit should be turned off. The water line can be followed from the unit to where it is hooked into the water supply.
A small valve will feed a water line to a cooler which can be plastic or a copper line. Turning the valve clockwise will shut the water to the swamp cooler off.
It is best to drain the water at the drain plug unless it is very old and brittle. If it is old and brittle than using a water vacuum pump may be a better option.
Swamp cooler covers are cheap and can be picked up at a home supply store or online at sites such as Amazon or eBay.
Example Swamp Cooler Cover on Amazon
Dial Manufacturing Evaporative Cooler Cover – Down Draft – WeatherGuard
Winterizing a swamp cooler is an easy task depending on the age of the unit.
Often on older units the drain plug is rusted in place and difficult to remove.
If the drain plug is stuck in place the main goal is to get all the water out of the unit as to not freeze up and damage it.
Often this can be done by leaving it open for a day or two and letting the water evaporate out.
Another option is to use a water vacuum and vacuum the water out.
Draining the water line is also a good idea as any water freezing in a line could break it.
Some technicians will open the water line at the turn-off-valve since water will still be in the line even after the valve has been turned off.
One last note is to look at the shape the unit is in to get an idea of what should be done when it is put back into service.
Things such as the debris build up at the bottom of the unit and the shape of the pads. This will help when winter is over and it is time to use the unit again.