Thinking New? MAKE the RIGHT DECISION
ASK THE EXPERT
Question 1: Our evaporative cooling system is struggling these days. Should I just bite the bullet and replace it?
Answer: We often get asked this as many units we work on are 10 to 20 years old. Parts are available for the common brands but if a unit is old and doesn’t cool like it used to replacement is a good option.
Q2: So what are symptoms that indicate system replacement?
A: If your evap is around 15 years old and struggles to cool it’s probably game over. The same applies if an expensive component, such as a motor, water pump or control unit, fails on an older evap. Another issue could be the original unit is actually undersized and is running on high all the time.
Q3: And what are some issues that can be fixed without replacing the entire unit?
A: Leaking water usually requires a new dump valve or float valve. The cost for these starts from $150 supplied and installed. Another issue could be the solenoid, which also controls water flow. We can supply and install one from $215.
Q4: How efficient are the new systems?
A: Technology has marched on over the past 15 years and current evap coolers run quieter and use less water and electricity. They also have more sophisticated control systems and longer warranties. We can supply and install the best replacement evap for your situation.
Evaporative Cooler Repairs, Checks and Service
I’ve got trees in my evap
This is what happens when people ignore servicing on their evaporative cooler.
It is vital to get your evap system properly shut down for winter and then recommissioned for summer. If you ignore servicing this is what you risk.
In this case winter weeds took hold at the bottom of the dirty filter pads and were well on their way to creating their own little eco-system. Imagine what would come out of the vents when you turned that little nightmare on.
We often get calls when a system doesn’t seem to be cooling any more.
If the fan is still pushing air through the system, it could be a problem with the filter pads, water supply system or the ducting.
The good news is Sharpe technicians can quickly replace pads or damaged ducting. Several recent jobs have involved sorting out both the ducting and filter pads, which had fallen apart through a mixture of age and windy weather. These units are high up on the roof and open to the elements. Being out of sight many problems are often overlooked.
This can lead to other issues, including increased running costs and even a fire risk. For example, a disrupted water supply can cause the pump to overheat as it runs dry.
So if you have any doubts call an expert to check. Every summer fire authorities stress the importance of regular cooling system servicing, warning that if a rooftop unit starts a fire, it is likely to take hold long before residents below become aware.
To give an idea of costs, Sharpe Group can supply and fit replacement Aspen filters from $495. Celdek pads, considered the most efficient filter around, start from $748 supplied and installed. New pumps start from $308 installed, float valves from $150 and solenoids from $215.
For all your cooling needs call Sharpe Group on 8262 7300 or visit sharpe-ers.com.au to book
Let us keep your Evaporative Cooler at it’s best for Summer
An annual Evaporative Cooler Service and Check will help you avoid safety issues, and ensure the systems are at their most efficient for the hot weather.
We will Inspect, Test & Report on your Evaporative cooler – including filters, fans, pumps, float valves and water feed and drainage.