Swamp Cooler Repair

Swamp Cooler Repair

Expert Swamp Cooler Repair & Service

When it comes to problems with your swamp cooler turn to our expert technicians at TLC. We have years of experience troubleshooting and repairing swamp coolers. When you have a problem with your swamp cooler it us usually when it is really hot outside and you need help fast. TLC offers 24-hour emergency service for all your swamp cooler repairs. With offices in Albuquerque and Santa Fe you can expect fast, reliable, professional service.

We are fully licensed and insured to repair, maintain and replace all types of swamp coolers including:

We are committed to being here for you when you need us day or night. As temperatures rise you can count on TLC to be here for you when you need service quickly. We also recommend you have a professional start-up and service your swamp cooler prior to summer. By having a professional maintain your units you can avoid unexpected breakdowns and problems when the temperatures peak


Common Swamp Cooler Repairs

Common swamp cooler repairs we respond to throughout the summer are listed and described below. Some of these repairs can be reduced or elimited with proper maintenance.

Water Line Breaks

Busted water lines or breaks in the lines are a common repair we see. To avoid unexpected water linke breaks they should be inspected for signs of replacement: cracks, bubbles, and rusting around connections.

Water Pump Problems

If you water pump stops working it will not allow water to flow through the swamp cooler. A water pump can fail if it gets corroded from hard water. The pump should be inspected and tested prior to the start of each season.

Normal Wear & Tear

Mechanical parts wear down over time and contribute to air flow problems and swamp cooler repairs. Some of these repairs can be avoided with regular maintenance. Over time the motor, fan and pump can fail from normal wear and tear. That is why maintenance is so vital to avoid unexpeted breakdowns and failures.

Blockage or Corrosion

Hard water is a big problem for swamp coolers. Scale buildup can clog water lines and pads. It is essential that you clean and remove hard water buildup prior to starting your cooler for summer. If your water lines are clogged they will not be able to saturate the pads and you won’t get adequate cooling. Scale build up can also corrode the connections to the float, pump and other mechanical parts causing them to stop working correctly. Talk to our professionals about ways to reduce or elimiate hard water.

Broken Fan Belt

Fan belts breakdown from normal wear and tear over time. However, a broken fan belt will prevent the fan from blowing air through your home. Typically when this happens you won’t have any air flowing through your home. You’ll notice that it won’t be cooling at all. When starting up your cooler the fan should be inspected for tears and cracks and replaced as needed.

Swamp Cooler Won’t Start

If your swamp cooler will not turn on at all and has no power you should check your fuse and breaker box first. If the fuse is broken or the breaker is tripped its time to call a professional. There is probably something that is short circuiting that is causing the power to fail. TLC’s experts are experienced with fixing these problems and we also have licensed electricians available to assist with any electrical problems.

Troubleshooting Your Swamp Cooler

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Airflow problems are the biggest complaint our technicians here when it comes to swamp coolers. Here are a few quick tips you can try to improve air flow performance if your cooler is easily accesibible. If your swamp cooler is on your roof and you don’t feel comfortable climbing up to check it, TLC is always available to check your cooler for you.

Relief Air

Your swamp cooler’s cooling effectiveness relies on humidity levels outside. If these levels rise too high your cooler will have a harder time lowering the indoor temperature in your home. Times like these are when many homeowners feel their swamp cooler may be broken. It is necessary to open some windows and/or windows while running your cooler to push air through the home. The question we always get is how many windows do you need open. Often times we find that many homeowners don’t have adequate relief air in their home. The video below describes how to check the air flow in your home and make adjustments to maximize efficiency. Also make sure you have windows open in the hottest parts of your home to bring the cooler air into those areas.

Make Sure Pads Are Wet

If you feel like your swamp cooler is not cooling effectively or feel hot air blowing from the vents, you should check your cooler to make sure your pads are getting wet. If your cooler is on the ground it is fairly easy to check to see if your pads are getting wet and there is adequate water flow. If you have hard water you may get scale buildup in your water lines and this will reduce the water saturation and your pads won’t get wet. If you see that your pads aren’t getting wet or you don’t see water flowing freely from the distribution tube its time to call a professional if you don’t feel comfortable clearing the lines. If these lines get too clogged with hard water buildup they may have to be replaced. If your cooler is on your roof and you don’t feel comfortable getting up there to check your pads please call TLC or another professional to evaluate the problem.

Prevent Unnecessary Repairs With Proper Maintenance

To keep your cooler running at maximum efficiency, TLC provides convenient residential & commercial maintenance for your swamp cooler. With our Preventive Maintenance Program, you can stay comfortable throughout the year. Our program offers complete home maintenance for your home’s plumbing, heating and cooling systems. The program can be customized to meet your needs. Our swamp cooler maintenance includes spring start-ups, winterization, inspections and parts replacement.

For over 30 years, we have provided trusted service for New Mexico homes and businesses in Albuquerque and the surrounding area including Rio Rancho, Corrales, Bernalillo, Placitas, Belen, Los Lunas, Santa Fe, Socorro and the East Mountains.