Installing an Evaporative Cooler

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated February 12, 2020)

Installing an evaporative cooler (sometimes known as a swamp cooler) is a fairly heavy duty task. Not because it is terribly complex, but rather because it is actually a heavy job. Those coolers aren't exactly light you know. Just because it is a heavy task, doesn't mean that you can't do the job. All you need to do is follow these instructions, and make sure that you have a friend to help you out.

  1. Install support assembly. Most evaporative coolers will come with a support assembly that you can use. However, if yours did not then you can go to your local home improvement store and purchase one. Make sure that it will fit your particular evaporative cooler though, and be sure that you follow the directions from the manufacturer when installing the support assembly. Build up the outside window sill, if necessary, as directed by the manufacturer.
  2. Place cooler on assembly. With the help of a friend, place the swamp cooler onto the support assembly. While one of you is supporting the unit as much as possible on the assembly, attach the brackets and the wall hangers to the actual unit itself. As you do this, make sure that you are following the manufacturer's directions properly.
  3. Run the water line. From the outside water source, connect the water line to the cooler. However, make sure that there is a cutoff valve installed between the water source and the cooler. This cutoff valve will be invaluable come winter time so that you can drain the system, and not have anything damaged due to the cold weather.
  4. Install air vent. In the kit for the evaporative cooler, there should be an air vent cover that still needs to be attached. Attach that cover now. This cool-air vent is what will be directing the cool air into your home. You can plug in the cooler to any power outlet in your home, simply make sure that it is a grounded 120-volt circuit before you do though.

Congratulations, you have now finished installing your new evaporative air cooler. There is only one thing left for you to do, and that is to ensure that there are no leaks around the cooler and the window. Basically you need to fill in any void space around the cooler. While it is a good idea to leave a window open to help deal with excessive humidity from an evaporative cooler, you still want to have a tight seal with the window that the cooler is in. This will help prevent any water from rain coming in, as well as preventing any creepy crawlies from getting in.

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Lee Wyatt

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