MasterCooler rigid media pad falling in when soggy

Old 05-01-13, 07:53 PM
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Thumbs down MasterCooler rigid media pad falling in when soggy

My MasterCooler II has a 6-inch deep shelf for the rigid media pad (looks like corrugated cardboard). The pad is 8-inches deep, so there is 2-inches of unsupported pad on the inside. After 2 or 3 years the pad is soggy and starts leaning to the inside, which causes water to splatter onto the roof. Apparently the roof was wet all summer long and I didn't know about it until the fall. Now the roof is soft (water damaged).

Seems like the 6-inch deep shelf is a bad design. Why isn't the shelf 8-inches deep like the pad? I am replacing the pad every 2 years to avoid more water damage to the roof. But I think the pad could last 5 years if the pad where better supported.

Is there some DYI method for supporting the pad so it stays upright when the pad is soggy?

Thank you.
Old 05-02-13, 08:39 PM
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Is your cooler by chance hooked up to a water softener? The only time I saw those pads shrink and fall in, was on a dry cleaners that I service and their cooler was tied into one. I re routed the water line, replaced the pads and no problem since.

The shelf design is fine, as I've never seen those pads shrink or move, except for the instance I wrote above.

Also, if you are tied to a softener, soft water is corrosive to metal coolers and will rust them out faster.

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