Problems with swamp cooler water distribution. One of three pads getting
little water. Tried pushing a small snake through the tubes and they seem
to be clear. Evidently the water distribution hub is plugged up. Anyone
have any ideas to clear it without disassembling the whole distribution
system? Temps are well above 100 and will get worse as time goes on. I'm 78
with back problems. Anything other than hiring ($$$$) it done?
All I can think of is to remove the hose and screwed in connecting tube
from the hub and try to poke a wire into the troubled tubes. I don't have
much faith in that idea and it will be very difficult to get at.
Suggestions? Probably no easy way.
You might try using an arts-and-craft pipe cleaner in the hub. Since
there is no electrical/mechanical mechanism in the hub, it basically
has to be a clog. I would start by cleanning the hub as good as can
be, then crimp off the known-good lines. This would allow more water
pressure thru the bad lines. Hopefully this helps dislodge the
Of course, this is easier said than done, if you're on a hot roof, or
up on a ladder. Good luck with it.
Good! Hadn't thought of that. Now to think of a way to block the other
tubes. Modelling clay or putty first comes to mind but I don't have any.
A quick consideration doesn't come up with anything else commonly
avaiable. Caulk too permanent. Ideas anyone?
I was thinking that if the normal flow and pressure is not clearing
the blockage, you need something to reverse the pressure and flow.
Perhaps you could try "reverse blowing" the lines and hub with water
pressure from a garden hose. Might be a bit messy !
That dustoff stuff is probably
hydro-bromo-choloro-fluoro-metzo-piano-carbons, and does a lot of damage
to the Bozone slayer.
I'd think some CLR or dilute muriatic acid sprayed into the system, to
dissolve the calcium scale. But, I'm probably out inspace.
Christopher A. Young
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Consider trying to blow the tubes/hub clear with a can of compressed
air. Office supply stores (Staples, Office Depot etc) sell them for
cleaning computers, printers, etc.
I have a gallon of distilled white binegar. Say put the cooler pump in a
baking pan, add three cups of vinegar, turn on. Better yet, as some one
else suggested, plug the working lines to concentrate the vinegar where
it is needed.
Problem I see is that quite possibly the house will smell of ninegar, or
if that doesn't work, perhaps swimming pool acid, for a few months. I
don't think the vinegar or acid will harm the pump, pads, etc. when it
gets mixed into all the cooler water.
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