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Extensive Unexpected Swamp Cooler Repairs

I'm stilling kicking myself over this one. I went to change the pads in our swamp cooler and noticed the water flow was reduced. Rather than buying a new one (which we really should have done) I figured this is a easy fix. I replaced the pump and some clogged tubing and everything was fine (for 10 minutes). Then I noticed that the motor was slowing down and overheating. That was my next opportunity to replace the swamp cooler for a new model, but after replacing the pads/pump/plumbing I could not bring myself to do it. I bought a new motor instead. Now I'm $150 in on repairs on a swamp cooler I should have replaced at the onset of problems. At least it is working well.

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6 comments:

Killbox said...

Good news, if you buy a new swamp cooler, they don't come with a pump or a motor. so don't forget to scavenge them from your old one.

Mikey Sklar said...

that is good news. I can't believe they sell them parted out like that.

jhitesma said...

Yep, last time I bought one I was surprised to learn that they're pretty much only sold piecemeal. So it sounds like you haven't bought anything that you wouldn't have had to buy anyway if you buy a new one.

I think some of the really expensive ones come complete...but those don't use the normal pads and require special super expensive inserts and in my experience don't cool any better than the normal ones.

Carlos said...

Why was your motor overheating? Correct me if I'm wrong but wouldn't it have been much cheaper to rebuild that motor than replace it? The AC repairman wanted to sell me a $700 ac unit for my Airstream when all it really needed was a hard-starting kit and a cleanup which I ended up doing myself after his $75 no-service call!

Mikey Sklar said...

@carlos: It was about $90 for me to replace the motor. The old one was over 10 years old and the entire body was rusted to the point where pieces would flake off.

Carlos said...

Hope you didn't trash the motor because it can still be saved and used for another project or as a backup motor. Ever here of POR-15? It works great and it's well worth the price. http://www.por15.com/