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Cooling and Ventilation Systems Category:

Evaporative / Swamp Coolers

Problem:

Cooler has holes.

Tools / Materials (See Below for Applicability):

  • Epoxy putty or a specialized auto putty like Bondo

  • Plumber's putty knife/flexible joint knife (for spreading putty/Bondo)

  • Medium-level sandpaper

Solution:

 

Evaporative / swamp coolers, over time, will likely develop holes, relatively big and small, if the rust that develops on it goes untreated.  You can repair these holes as a temporary fix--to give you one or two more seasons' worth out of the cooler before total replacement is necessary--in either of two ways: 1) You can apply either epoxy putty or even Bondo to the holes with a putty knife/flexible joint knife so as to seal them, wait for the curing of the epoxy putty/Bondo per the manufacturer's instructions, and then sand the treated holes flat to match the physical scheme of the cooler being repaired; or 2) You can install a cooler pan liner as a layer over the pan with holes.

Caution: When dealing with chemicals, such as those found in Bondo or other epoxy putty, make sure you take precautions; read all product manufacturers' instructions.

That's what you do to maximize the longevity of your cooler in spite of its developing holes.

 

Ed the Handyman

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