Keep Your Evaporative Air Cooler Smelling Fresh

Solenco Reporter
 September 14, 2018
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Air Coolers

Portable evaporative air coolers provide a great cooling solution in hot and dry climates, but in order to enjoy the benefits to the max, it is important to keep it clean and ensure proper maintenance. If this is adhered to you will enjoy more efficient fan operation and fresher air supply.

One key factor in cleaning your air cooler regularly is to prevent mould and a musty smell. Here are a few tips on how to keep your evaporative air cooler smelling fresh:

Clean the Water Tank

If using an air cooler continuously for a long time without changing the water, it will lead to unpleasant odours which could affect your health because the water is no longer hygienic. In hot and humid climates, dirty water tanks which are not regularly cleaned, are the ideal breeding grounds for bacteria.

Therefore, you should periodically empty the water tank and sanitize the tank at least once a month. You must ensure that the water tank is always clean so that it does not become the ideal environment for bacteria to reproduce.

If your evaporative air cooler doesn’t have a detachable water tank like the Symphony Silver I and the Honeywell CS10XE Evaporative Air Coolers, it may not be that easy to clean the water tank completely.

Step 1: Remove the back panel. Unplug the cooler and turn off the water. Here is a step-by-step  process on how to loosen the backpanel from the Symphony Diet range.

Step 2: Drain water out of the air cooler. Open the drain plug if the portable air cooler doesn’t have a detachable water tank. In the event that the unit does have a removable tank, then remove the tank and pour the water down the drain.

Step 3: Brush out the inside of the cooler. Use a soft cloth or sponge to sweep the inside of the air cooler. Some debris can get inside the unit and may cause blockages leading to dirty water cycling through the unit.

Step 4: Soak the water tank with vinegar. Fill the tank with a 50/50 solution of water and vinegar. Let the vinegar solution sit in the tank for an hour. You can also rinse the water tank with mild soap and warm water. IMPORTANT: Ensure not to mess or splash any liquids over the electrical components of the cooler. Best cover these with a plastic bag.

Step 5: Scrub the water tank. Use a brush or cloth to clean the bottom of the water tank. Rinse with clean water after you’ve finished scrubbing.

Clean the Cooling Pads

Cooling pads or Honeycomb pads are important components in the operation of the fan. To ensure that the cooler operates normally, you should clean the cooling pads once a month.
Step 1: Spray the pads with a 50-50 mixture of water and lemon juice or vinegar.
Step 2: Once the cooling pads have been sprayed and left for about 30 to 60 seconds, rinse them well and let it air dry. Be sure that the pads are completely dry before returning to the cooler.

Clean the Outside of Your Cooler

You should clean the outside of your evaporative air cooler every few weeks. Switch the unit off and use a damp cloth to clean the outside of the unit. Don’t use chemicals as this may damage the exterior of the unit.

Remove the prefilters at the back or sides of the unit and rinse them thoroughly with mild soap and warm water. It is recommended to clean these filters once a month.

Eliminate Odours

Evaporative coolers can have musty smells. It is a good idea to add some essential oils to help make the portable cooler smell better. Mix 15 drops of a scented essential oil with vinegar and pour it in a spray bottle. Spray the essential oil mixture into the air cooler after you have cleaned it.

Tips To Remember While Cleaning

Before cleaning the air cooler, you need to switch the unit off and unplug the unit from the wall socket.
Do not use too strong detergents.
Ensure all the components are completely dry before re-fitting and using the cooler.

(Additional source: https://www.quora.com/How-do-I-clean-a-portable-evaporative-cooler# )


I need new honeycomb pads

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