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Old 06-03-2008, 05:58 PM
 
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All right-
we're all settled, and getting ready for the heat. Our landlord put in a small window swamp cooler, which has been perfect thus far. However, even with a new filter, it sends a foul smell into the house. Not outside air smell- it's fine- but the air inside, though cool enough (we're from the coast of Texas) smells horrid.

Is there anything I can do or put in our cooler that can fix this? I considered mixing peppermint oil in the bottom where the water sits, then goes up, but don't know how well that will work.

Please help!
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Old 06-03-2008, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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All right-
we're all settled, and getting ready for the heat. Our landlord put in a small window swamp cooler, which has been perfect thus far. However, even with a new filter, it sends a foul smell into the house. Not outside air smell- it's fine- but the air inside, though cool enough (we're from the coast of Texas) smells horrid.

Is there anything I can do or put in our cooler that can fix this? I considered mixing peppermint oil in the bottom where the water sits, then goes up, but don't know how well that will work.

Please help!
Did you try searching the internet?

Household cleaning: how to prevent bad smells in a swamp or evaporative cooler
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Old 06-03-2008, 11:26 PM
 
Location: Northglenn, Colorado
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All right-
we're all settled, and getting ready for the heat. Our landlord put in a small window swamp cooler, which has been perfect thus far. However, even with a new filter, it sends a foul smell into the house. Not outside air smell- it's fine- but the air inside, though cool enough (we're from the coast of Texas) smells horrid.

Is there anything I can do or put in our cooler that can fix this? I considered mixing peppermint oil in the bottom where the water sits, then goes up, but don't know how well that will work.

Please help!
the odor at the beginning of the season is normal. If they are new pads they will stink for a few weeks or so until they get "broken in" and the the smell will start to lessen. We put at little bottle of fragrant oil inside the unit face in front of the fan until the smell dissipates each year after changing the pads.
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Old 06-04-2008, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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the odor at the beginning of the season is normal. If they are new pads they will stink for a few weeks or so until they get "broken in" and the the smell will start to lessen. We put at little bottle of fragrant oil inside the unit face in front of the fan until the smell dissipates each year after changing the pads.
I agree with that.

When I lived in Grand Junction and had a swamp cooler, the first few weeks after the new pads, blech.

It will still stink a bit after but I wouldn't put anything in with the water or you might find a good biological disaster. Most circulate water pretty well so just let it chug along for a few weeks and when the summer is at it's most intense of heat, you will find that the smell is doable and your comfort is more important.
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Old 06-05-2008, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Camelot
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I find the smell of new aspen pads refreshing. But hey, to each their own.
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Old 05-30-2014, 12:23 PM
 
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Default Max Cool evaporative cooler pads smell like cat urine

I just bought a new set of 4 pads for a Breeze Air rooftop swamp cooler. First, they were hard to find. Big box stores did not carry them. Second, the Breeze Air dealer wanted $287 for a set. Finally I found a set at Tru Valu store for $130. So I snapped up the Max Cool Rigid Media Replacement Pads for less than half the price. Max Cool brand is made in Mexico for Dial Manufacturing of Phoenix, AZ.

OMG! What an awful smell. It's like cat urine. I too put in some store bought product to kill the odor which didn't affect the problem at all... but I think that it is actually designed for bacterial odor. I clean unit thoroughly every year prior to start up and I cleaned the unit thoroughly prior to installing new pads. I’m sure it is not a bacterial problem as the odor emanates from the new pads themselves.

Obviously the smell is from the glue or the material they are made of. There was no composition information on/in the box nor on their online site, but this is so bad, I can't help but wonder if they are toxic to breathe. I cancelled a visit from my 3 yr old highly allergic grandson and 9 mo old grandaughter because of my concerns.

In the box there was no foul smell while dry. But once I turned on the system and they got wet the odor literally made me gag. So I hosed down the pads for 30 minutes …but the smell was still horrific. Thanks to this forum I read that I can go flush the pads once a day for a couple weeks. A couple weeks of up and down the ladder with my bad knees. But that is what I’ve been doing. I’ve dumped the water twice a day for 4 days now and the odor is becoming less pungent.

Perhaps if I'd bought the Breeze Air brand pads the dealer offered for more than twice the price this could have been avoided. Does anyone know if those have the same problems? Someone on a similar thread commented they thought the Aspen brand smelled good. All I know is stay away from Max Cool brand.
This is so unacceptable! I truly feel they should be banned until the odor problem is remedied.
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Old 06-01-2014, 07:43 AM
 
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I always used aspen pads and had no problem with odor. It's important to clean out any sludge in the bottom of the cooler at the beginning and end of each cooling season. That can often harbor bacteria and alkali that will circulate into the pads with the water.

Also, make sure that enough windows are open in the house to allow air to exhaust the house equal in volume to what the cooler brings in. An evaporative cooler system is not a closed system. If the air can't exhaust, the cooling effect of the evaporation is lost and the humidity in the house will reach uncomfortable levels. That can also lead to mold and bacteria growth in the house itself.
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Old 06-11-2014, 01:21 PM
 
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Default swamp cooler smell

Today in the 14th day I've had these. The smell is noticeably less, but never the less at a level which continues to smell like a litter box in the house, is slightly nauseating ...PLUS...every time the unit kicks on my nose immediately plugs up and I start to feel a bit headachey. = TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE

To be clear I did thoroughly clean the unit with a tiny tad of mild detergent and plenty of vinegar. This is a top of the line Breeze Air and there are no metal parts to corrode and there was no signs or odor associated with mold or stagnant water. The water has been flushed, drained, dumped at least a dozen times in the last two weeks since the pads were installed.

I called the manufacturer and the customer service department said to soak in a tub for a 1/2 a day. REALLY? It would take a horse trough to fit these and as an urbanite I do not own one. So I hosed them for 15 min each pad not once but TWICE in the first week. The service department also said add a cup of fabric softener to the water. Did that. It really helped for about 30 minutes and then the urine smell creeped back. Having done a lot of research online I've found that most of the rigid pads are treated with an antifungal agent and several of the manufacturers address combating the urine like odor with a good flushing or running the pump without the fan for 24 hrs and dumping the water. All claim in about two weeks the odor should be gone. All claim it is non-toxic, but I certainly seem to be allergic to it.

So I called the manufacturer again, who told me to return them to the store. The store clerk where I purchased them told me to try the the same remedies above. After explaining I've done that I was advised to return them for an exchange. Why would I even consider another set of the same brand?...which is the only ones they carry that fit my unit. I would have to start the whole miserable process again.

I really need to find some rigid media pads size EM1 for a Breeze Air evaporative cooler that do not have this problem. DOES ANYONE KNOW OF A BRAND FREE OF THESE PROBLEMS????
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Old 06-11-2014, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Western, Colorado
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DOES ANYONE KNOW OF A BRAND FREE OF THESE PROBLEMS????
Switch to refrigerated air ( Air Conditioning ).
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Old 06-12-2014, 05:22 PM
 
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Switch to refrigerated air ( Air Conditioning ).
And pay about 10 times the utility cost during the cooling season.

My advice: scrap the pads and go buy some "standard" aspen pads. They will smell (like fresh cut wood) for a day or two and then that's that.
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