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How to Hook Up a Window-Mounted Swamp Cooler


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06-10-10, 05:57 AM   #1 (permalink)  
How to Hook Up a Window-Mounted Swamp Cooler

I just purchased a window-mounted swamp cooler that is fairly new and has only been used about 4 times. It was installed in the window at the previous owner's house. It was hung from hooks that were installed just under the eave of the roof. The window was smaller in width and height than my office window where I'd like to install it. My office window is the typical size of bedroom windows from houses built around 1978. My window size is approximately 70 inches long by 32-1/2 to 33 inches tall. The approximate measurements of the swamp cooler are 31-1/4 long by 26-5/8 tall by 21-1/2 width. Supposedly the cooler was hung from the eave and then inserted into the window. It was hooked up to a water facet outside by using a T-type system. I have a facet below my office window that would work perfectly for the cooler. I'd like to be able to use the facet for something else if need be rather than just using it for the cooler. Therefore, I'd like to have some type of a T-type system where I could use it for both the cooler and for a hose. I need help with how to install this in my window, i.e. what would be the best way to lock the window after installing, what to do with the space above the swamp cooler since my window is taller than the window that it was previously installed in, how to seal the window to avoid leaks, what pipes or valves are needed. Basically O need general hookup and window-mounted installation information. I would have to get the name and model if that is important but it's outside in the shed at the moment so I thought I'd just ask for some help with the information I already have. Any help would be appreciated. I'd like to get this installed as soon as possible to help with the extreme heat that my computer equipment gives off in my office.


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06-10-10, 10:12 AM   #2 (permalink)  
It's very easy to do, once you hang the cooler in the window and level it, you need to cut a piece of plywood or plexiglass to go above the remainder of the window area.

You can get a faucet adapter at any home improvement store that sells cooler parts, it's a faucet with an 1/8" hole in the side for screwing in a needle valve that will control your 1/4" water line to the cooler.
This faucet adapter looks like the faucet you already have and just screws onto where your hose was and still gives you control of the faucet for watering.

As far as locking the window, they sell little twist lock deals that hook onto the window frame behind the window and tighten down with a wing nut type setup.

 
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06-10-10, 01:18 PM   #3 (permalink)  
Thank you Sammy. It sounds easy enough - just hope it really is easy.

 
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06-11-10, 01:50 PM   #4 (permalink)  
Help with Installing a Window-Mounted Swamp Cooler

I have a few more questions (actually my husband does). What type of piping or hoses should we purchase to hook up to the water facet? Also, is there any problems with the hoses freezing in the winter? I told my husband that you probably drain the hose before winter because we wouldn't be using the swamp cooler in the winter. He wants to know what would be better to install above the unit to fill up the top space between the unit and the top of the window - plywood or plexiglass? Also---what type of sealant should be used? He's going to try to install hooks just below the roof on the eave and hook up two chains that will connect with the cooler. Then install into my office window. Sorry for all of the questions but we want to do this right especially since my window won't be closed and I'll have to get a window lock to secure it as well as securing the upper piece to avoid leaks and keeping our PG&E down.

 
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