When the weather starts to cool down in the fall, you want to switch from cold air to heat to keep your home comfortable. If you use an evaporative cooler (a swamp cooler) in the summer, you’ll need to winterize it so it doesn’t break from the cold weather.

Similarly, when the weather starts to warm up again in the spring, you’ll want your evaporative cooler ready to roll to keep your home at a good temperature.

These switches can be tricky, and you want to make sure that your heating and cooling appliances are in good condition after a few months of disuse. When you’re ready to switch, call Rocketman Plumbing. We will come out to your home and inspect your evaporative cooler to ensure it is properly maintained and will be protected during the winter. And in the spring, we will inspect your evaporative cooler to ensure it is not damaged or dirty so you can start using it safely as soon as the weather gets hot outside.

Call us at (505) 243-1227 to schedule your seasonal conversion today.

Let Our Technicians Handle Your Air Conversion

While you can DIY some of your plumbing and HVAC maintenance, we recommend that you call us for your seasonal air conversion instead of doing it yourself. This is because we have the experience and skills to handle the conversion quickly and safely so that you and your family can relax.

Some things that can happen with an evaporative cooler that is not converted properly include:

  • Your swamp cooler can rust over the winter due to buildup of mineral and dirt deposits. We prevent this by changing your cooler pads for clean ones, ensuring there is no buildup before your swamp cooler goes into storage. Then we will make sure the cooler is properly covered to prevent it from getting damaged by dust and dirt over the winter.
  • It’s important to thoroughly drain the water lines of your swamp cooler before storing it for the winter. If the lines aren’t drained fully, the water in the pipes can freeze. This can crack and damage your water lines, not just on your evaporative cooler, but in your home. We know exactly how to empty these lines to ensure this doesn’t happen.
  • Some swamp coolers are connected to the same air ducts as your home’s heater. If the conversion isn’t done properly, the cold air will get inside your home and cause your heater to work overtime. This can raise your bill each month, and it also runs the risk of burning out your heater. We take care to properly change your air ducts from cooling to heating so that these problems don’t happen.

Similar issues can happen when you try to convert from using your heater in the winter months to using your evaporative cooler again in the summer. We offer these conversion services so that you don’t have to worry about keeping your home comfortable. We’ll get the job done for you quickly and professionally so that you and your family can focus on doing what you love.

Another great reason to call us for your conversion is that we will inspect your swamp cooler and heater to make sure they are safe to use. And if we notice something that needs to be fixed, such as a swamp cooler repair, we will take care of that for you right away.

Call Rocketman Plumbing Today

When you’re ready to switch from your evaporative cooler to your heater (or vice versa), call Rocketman Plumbing at (505) 243-1227. We will head out to your home and handle the air conversion for you in a flash.

Seasonal Air Conversion Frequently Asked Questions

What times of year do I need to do a seasonal air conversion?

If you live in a climate like Albuquerque, New Mexico with both hot summers and cold winters, it’s important to maintain your seasonal air conversions. This will ensure your family’s comfort all year round as the weather changes from hot to cold or cold to hot. A seasonal air conversion involves switching between air cooling and heating systems to combat the weather outside. At Rocketman Plumbing, we can help you convert from cooling to heating and back again. Generally, you want to switch from cooling to heating during the late fall when nighttime temperatures start dropping. When spring approaches, it’s time for the switch back. This should happen before temperatures consistently climb above 80 degrees during the day. This will help keep your family comfortable no matter how hot or cold it is outside. Plus, when we do a seasonal air conversion, we also check out your swamp cooler and boiler to ensure they are properly maintained to extend the lifespans of your appliances as much as possible. Not only will this help keep your appliances running smoothly, but it will help keep your family safe, too.

You can do anything you set your mind to. If you are good at looking up information online and understanding and following directions, you should be able to handle a seasonal air conversion yourself. However, there is a benefit to having professionals like our technicians at Rocketman Plumbing handle your seasonal air conversion for you. We have decades of experience working with swamp coolers, furnaces and boilers, so we are able to tell pretty fast if there is something wrong with either of these appliances. And if we do see a problem, we’ll be able to either fix it right away or give you an estimate for how much it will cost to repair. This will help ensure your home stays comfortable despite the weather outside. We also know exactly how to winterize your swamp cooler before storing it so that it doesn’t get damaged over the winter, and how to properly switch air systems that use the same ducts for both heating and cooling. So if you’d like to handle your seasonal air conversion yourself, you are certainly welcome to try; but we’d recommend you hire us to take care of it for you quickly and efficiently so you can focus on spending time with your family.

If you’ve already completed your seasonal air conversion for the fall and suddenly the weather is uncomfortably warm, you may be wondering if it’s worth converting back to your swamp cooler for a while longer. That’s certainly something you can do, but it might be unnecessary as the weather could just as soon get cold again, meaning you’d have to switch back to heating unit a second time. Our technicians at Rocketman Plumbing are familiar with the weather patterns in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We can advise you on the best time to complete your seasonal air conversions to avoid this problem. However, if it turns out there is an unseasonably hot day and all you have is your boiler, we’d recommend that you try to stick it out with fans, loose clothes, plenty of water, and staying in the shade. This will prevent you from spending more money on extra air conversions, as any hot days in the fall will most likely cool down again fast either that same night or within a day or two. If those options don’t help, you might consider investing in a portable or window air conditioning unit. These are easy to set up and take down as needed to handle surprise hot days.

If you use a swamp cooler (also called an evaporative cooler) to keep your home comfortable during the summer and a boiler or furnace to keep it warm in the winter, you need to do seasonal air conversion to switch between these two appliances. If you don’t do a seasonal air conversion, it would be like keeping the air conditioning on all winter or the heater on all summer. You won’t be able to regulate the temperature of your house to keep it comfortable for you and your family. There’s another important aspect of your seasonal air conversion, and that’s to protect your swamp cooler from damage. When we convert your home from cooling to heating, we take the extra steps to winterize your swamp cooler for storage. This helps ensure its lines don’t freeze or break over the winter so that you can use it again as soon as it gets hot outside. Additionally, we always perform routine maintenance checks on your swamp cooler and boiler when we do seasonal air conversions to ensure that your appliances are in good working order.

In general, seasonal air conversion from a qualified plumber or HVAC technician costs around $160 plus parts. When we do a seasonal air conversion, we take care of the routine maintenance needs for your swamp cooler to ensure it stays running efficiently all summer long. This includes changing out its pads for fresh, clean ones and removing any buildup in or around your machine that can impact its efficiency. In the fall, when you’re ready to convert to your heating in order to combat the cold weather, we clean out and winterize your swamp cooler to protect it from freezing. This involves draining the lines and changing out the pads again to help ensure your swamp cooler will be ready to go once spring arrives. And when we convert your home back to the swamp cooler for the summer, we make sure it is in good condition and running smoothly so you and your family can stay cool in the summer heat. If you’d like an exact price for your seasonal air conversion, give us a call at 505-243-1227 and we’ll be happy to answer that for you.

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