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shelbydz 07-13-2010 11:27 PM

swamp cooler blowing warm air
Hi all,

I purchased a used swamp cooler. After replacing most of the parts (pump, pads, fan and motor) the stupid thing is still blowing warm air into my house. It barely keeps the inside of my home 2 degrees cooler than outside.

I know that water is getting pumped from the basin up to the 'spider', but it seems like the pads just aren't getting soaked enough.

When I got it, I realized the pad holders were in upside down and NO water was getting onto the pads. I flipped them all over, but it really didn't do all that much.

Please help, it's too hot here.

thx. . .Shawn

Wuzzat? 07-14-2010 07:58 AM

Evaporative Cooler Troubleshooting, A Homeowner's Guide

shelbydz 07-16-2010 07:33 PM


I don't mean to be a jerk, but I already spent hours on the webs googling and had already read these articles. Your reply didn't help. I don't necessarily appreciate being treating as a 'noob', but maybe my post wasn't clear. I'll give it another shot:

I have a swamp cooler:
it blows hot air
the pump pumps tons of water (no restrictions in the flow)
the spider spiders tons of water (no restrictions in the flow)
the pads DON'T get wet.

The articles that you so willingly provided all basically said 'Check that the pads are wet', but NON of them said what to do if they're not.

There's no calcium deposits on the grates or the pads.
The pads are only a few weeks old.
The pads are the dura cool brand.

I would appreciate a more thorough response rather than the elitist, cut-paste, 'let me google that for you' one.

I've done the googleing, aparently, my problem is rather unique.

If I missed the previous google post, I apologize, but yes, I did spend several hours looking for this.


Wuzzat? 07-16-2010 08:20 PM


Your cooler is the least of your worries.
I'm sure your conduct feels perfectly normal to you
but looking in DSM-IV-TR might do you good anyway.

And see how high you land on this scale
but don't tell me your score. Tell it to someone who is still interested in helping you.

oldognewtrick 07-17-2010 05:03 AM

Wuzzat, dang man, do we need to send you to internet sensitivity training? I can't believe you didn't know the OP has spent hours on line, researching already?:rolleyes:

Shelbydz, you'll get a lot more help around here with a little attitude adjustment than just bashing someone who took time out of their day to respond to your problem.

Hope it all works out for ya.

inspectorD 07-17-2010 07:31 AM

Somebody call the sheriff?? Alright folks, let me handle this...

My opinion? The pads are junk that you just bought, read this article as it is the best one I could find that you may understand....without it bein my obtuse "googled" opinion.:) Sorry, sometimes I am a jerk, but I apologize.

Best Swamp Cooler/Evaporative Cooler PADS

Ya get what ya pay for round here...........

SJNServices 07-17-2010 10:29 PM

Make sure the the holes on "grates" where the water drains down to the pads are clear. Also, If you live in an area with high humidity a swamp cooler just wont work well no matter what.

tomstruble 07-18-2010 05:49 AM

should have brought a new swamp cooler...whatever that is

Wuzzat? 07-19-2010 05:25 AM


Originally Posted by tomstruble (Post 46678)
should have brought a new swamp cooler...whatever that is

Evaporative cooler - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

SJNServices 07-19-2010 06:52 PM

BTW. Where is the cooler located? In order to work right an evaporative cooler needs to pull in air from outside through the cooler pads and have at least a window or a door in the house open to allow the air out. Basically, if you just park it in the middle of the living room you're just going to turn your living room into a steam bath. Trust me, I live in the High Desert, every damn place has one. I work on about a dozen a year without trying. Beer helps. :beer:

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