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Simple DIY Cleaning Tips for Portable Evaporative Coolers

Last updated May. 11, 2021

Your portable air cooler can help you in several ways to stay cool and comfortable anytime you need it.

You can use the right portable air coolers in any room or corner of your indoor space and also use them in an outdoor living area if the need arises.

To get the best out of your portable air cooler, you will need to maintain it properly. One of the most important aspects of maintenance is cleaning the machine as often as possible.

Proper cleaning of the machine can help to prevent certain issues from arising.

Cleaning your air coolers the right way will also help to ensure that the machine produces fresh healthy air. Cool, fresh, and breathable air from the air cooler will not only keep you comfortable but also healthy in the long run.

Important cleaning tips that can help you

Perhaps this is the first time you are using a portable evaporative cooler – or you have been using it for a while but still don’t understand the best way to clean it and keep it in great working condition.

Here are a few DIY cleaning tips that can help you take better care of your machine:

Always Unplug From Power Source before Cleaning

Like other electronic devices, air coolers have to be handled with care. It is not advisable to start cleaning your air cooler while it is still plugged into electricity.

You have to unplug to avoid any defect and also to protect yourself from electricity.

For most air coolers, disconnecting from electricity is as simple as switching off the power outlet, removing the wire.

It is also important that you move the air cooler to a spacious place where you can disassemble and clean every part of it.


Remove the Cooling Pads and All Panels When You Want To Clean Thoroughly

When you want to clean an air cooler thoroughly, the best approach is to open it up. You will need to remove all the panels and take out the cooling pads.

It is always better to clean every part individually, so disassembling is really important.

If you haven't disassembled your air cooler for the first time, it can be a little challenging.

However, the instructions can be on your manual (depending on the type of air cooler you own). Read thoroughly and disassemble the machine carefully before starting to clean.

Clean the Cooling Pads Carefully

The cooling pads are among the most important parts of the air cooler. They hold the water that is being pumped from the water tank. When they are wet, they also help to suck in air from the surrounding.

Cooling only occurs when the hot, dry air passes through the cooling pads. That is what they are regarded as the cooling surfaces.

You can use a mixture of lemon juice and water to clean the cooling pads. You can also use vinegar, but note that it will leave a smell on the pads that can be really difficult to remove.

Scrap Out Mineral Deposits from the Water Tank

The water tank is another important part of the machine you need to pay special attention to when you want to clean it.

This is majorly because it is prone to the accumulation of mineral deposits. Regardless of the type of water you use, there is a good chance that you will find mineral deposits inside when you open it.

It is best to start cleaning the tank by scraping the deposits away. Depending on the amount of deposits you find, you can use a metal scraper to clean the tank.

Make sure the deposits have reduced significantly before you flush and start washing the tank.


Use Hard-Bristled Hand Brush for Stubborn Mineral Deposits

Some particles of mineral deposits will remain in the water tank after you finish scraping. Now is the right time to start washing to get rid of the residue. You can use a hard-bristled hand brush to wash the tank clean.

It is also advisable to soak the water tank with vinegar. It can help dissolve the mineral deposits and make washing easier.

Always Trust the Power of Fresh Water

Most parts of the air cooler need clean, fresh water for proper cleaning. The cooling pads, for instance, must be washed and rinsed with clean water.

Freshwater is also capable of cleaning the exterior of the machine properly.

Avoid using hot water to wash the exterior of the air cooler. Avoid using a very hard brush that can cause scratches. Freshwater with some mild detergents or even vinegar can get the work done.



Don’t Use Household Detergents

Household detergents are not good for washing air coolers. They can cause corrosion and compromise the longevity of the air cooler. Never use harsh detergents to wash any part of your machine.

Some mild detergents are okay for cleaning air coolers and other electronics. If you are in doubt about any detergent, then stick to vinegar and other natural cleaning solutions.


Trust Vinegar for Most of the Job

You must have noticed it – we’ve mentioned the use of vinegar severally here. This is because it is truly a powerful substance when it comes to cleaning things like air coolers around the home.

It can take care of most parts of your machine, including the cooling pads and water tanks.

Every washable part of your air cooler can be cleaned with vinegar. It is better to use vinegar than trust a detergent you are not too sure of its ingredients.

Air Dry the Components before Reassembling

After cleaning your air cooler, it is important to let all the components dry properly before reassembling them.

Do not put any part into a drying machine. It is best to have them all air-dried before reassembling them – especially the cooling pads.


Always Call In the Experts for Regular Maintenance

Regular cleaning of your air cooler is something you can handle unless you are a very busy person. However, you should attempt to complete regular maintenance on your own, unless you are trained already. It is always better to call in the expert for anything you can’t confidently handle.

Cleaning your air cooler at all times is important to keep it in top shape and prolong its lifespan. We hope the tips above help you clean and maintain your air cooler in the best possible way.

If you have any further questions, contact us and we would be happy to help you.