When summer is fast approaching, we often overlook the need to prepare our trusty misting fans. Yes, our misters must be ready even before we start thinking heading outdoors for summertime fun.There is nothing more annoying than organizing a barbecue party at your backyard and having a mister that will suddenly stops working mid-way. Here are some ways to prepare and maintain your misting fan to ensure its optimal working condition.
First, you have to check the fan’s oil level at the pump. Add some oil if needed. You may also consider removing the old oil and change it with fresh oil. This can keep the fan running smoothly for longer periods of time. The majority of the commercially available misting pumps require changing after about 500 hours of usage. Nonetheless, you may always refer to the user’s manual to determine the exact changing interval and oil type.
Second, you also need to check the water filters. Make sure that these are clean. If not, clean the filters thoroughly. Check if there are any missing or broken pieces and then, repair or replace the parts accordingly. Also, you need to secure any loose screws. Check other fittings and connect them properly if needs be.
Third, check the nozzles of the misting fan. If you have to prepare the entire line system for flushing, remove the nozzles connecting to the misting system. However, if you don’t know how to do this, ask the help of an expert. Do not attempt to remove them by yourself otherwise this will lead to an irreparable damage. Turn the pump on to start flushing out the remaining water. Leave it for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Turn it off and connect the lines and nozzles.
Fourth, after connecting the lines turn on the pump again to start flushing the entire misting system. Let the remaining water in the system flows out of the nozzles. When you notice that water is only flushing out from specific nozzles, check the nozzles again. There could be some blockage. Let all the nozzles flush for 30 seconds or more if needed. Turn the pump off. Connect the mist nozzles on the nozzle fittings where water is running smoothly. Repeat the entire process for proper flushing.
Fifth, if there are blockages on the nozzles, clean them so that they will work properly. However, you might need to replace them if most of the nozzles are working improperly. There are many replacement misting fan parts offline and online. Go to the nearest hardware if you need the replacement parts immediately.
Sixth, let the pump run and then check if there are leaks. Once you’ve discovered a leak, turn the pump off and reset or tighten the connection. Turn the pump on once more and check if water is still leaking or not. If it is, replace the part.
Seventh, you need to hose off the misting fan. Clean misting fans especially clean fan blades work more optimally than dirty blades. You simply need to wipe the mist fan with dry towel if it is not outdoor-rated (misting fans without enclosed motors). The fan motors might get wet and a short circuit might start. Before operating the fan again, make sure that all the parts have dried up completely.
All of us have the tendency to ‘winterize’ our misting fans. The changing season is a good reminder that we have to make our misters ready for summer. This is particularly true if you want a trouble-free cooling during hot summer days. Anyhow, it is our responsibility to maintain our appliances, and our misters are not an exemption.