Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee
kevin_standlee

De-Scaling the Swamp Cooler

Remember the swamp cooler and how hard we worked to scrape it off and get it ready for summer? Well, it's autumn now and time to clean it and put it away until we need it next summer.

Swamp Cooler Cleaning

Lisa helped me haul the cooler out to the patio, where there is a power outlet. It has wheels, but there are steps between the living room and the patio. I poured in the cooler-cleaning solution, which is supposed to remove a bunch of the hard water build-up, and let the pump run for an hour or so. You can see how much hard water deposits we get in just a short few months of use. Compare what the grille looked like after the last cleaning and repainting. The side grilles are worse.

I reckon I'm going to have to go buy more CLR solution, pull the grills off, and scrape it down again. Cleaning the pads is also a problem as there is no tub large enough in which I can soak the things. I have a little bit of hope that it will be a little easier to get the calcium build-up off this time. Also, there is very little accumulation inside the cooler, as opposed to all of the crud we scraped out of it back in May.
Tags: "swamp cooler", house
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