Evaporative air coolers are not only eco-friendly and cost-effective but also portable. They can be easily moved and used anywhere. When the weather is getting cold, you probably want to store your air cooler until the next summer. Evaporative air coolers can break down if not stored properly. Follow a few simple steps to ensure your cooler works more efficiently and for a longer time. But before that, let’s understand why you need to store your evaporative air coolers.
Why Winterize Your Evaporative Air Cooler
Leaving water standing for a long period of time allows mold and mildew to grow quickly. Water and metal can result in corrosion and rust. You can get flooding from broken pipes due to freezing temperatures. There are three major issues when you don’t store your air cooler properly in winter.
- Growth of Mold and Mildew
- Rust and Corrosion
- Leaks and Broken Water Pipes
It is very important to winterize your evaporative air cooler to effectively use it next time. Evaporative air coolers like Durango 5300 CFM come with dust Pre-Filters, fully closable louvers, and heavy-duty lockable casters.
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How To Store Cooler During Winter Shut Down
Winterizing your evaporative cooler doesn’t need a long time or much effort. In fact, it can just take an hour to do. The following are basic steps to store your cooler during winters.
- Turn Power Off
First, turn off the power supply of your unit. You don’t want your air cooler to power on while cleaning and draining it. This will also prevent it from accidentally powering on during winters.
- Turn Off The Water Supply Valve
The cooler needs a water supply valve to keep the pads wet while bringing water into the unit. You need to turn off this water supply valve during the winter shutdown. The hose connecting the valve and air cooler must be dried out completely.
- Drain the Air Cooler
It’s important to drain the standing water inside of the cooler. This can be either done by opening up the drain at the bottom of the cooler or bailing out the water using a small container. Soak up the remaining water using sponges or rags. This will help to prevent corrosion.
- Close The Louvers & Coil the wire
The next step is to completely close the louvers to avoid gathering dust in the air cooler. Then coil the wire properly so it doesn't get damaged while storing it.
- Cover The Unit
After cleaning the inside of your evaporative air cooler, cover it with Durango Cooler Covers to protect it when not used. It’s important to measure your unit while purchasing a cooler cover. This is because air coolers need to be tightly fit. Properly tie the ends so the cover doesn’t fly off during a winter storm.
- Store In A Clean Place
After following all the above steps, you need to store your evaporative air cooler in a clean and dry place to make sure it works effectively the next time you use it.