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Evaporative Cooling System problem

Discussion in 'Property Management' started by evisional2, 19th Nov, 2015.

  1. evisional2

    evisional2 Well-Known Member

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    I have bought a IP early this year. The Evaporative Cooling System worked when I did the final hand-over inspection. However, tenants have recently started using Evaporative Cooler and complained it did not work. It is a ducting system, branded Brivis.

    Should I call a service from Brivis (Book A Service Call | Brivis Australia ) or get a free quotes from air-conditioner technicians before fixing it? which way save my money?
     
  2. Tony Fleming

    Tony Fleming Well-Known Member Business Member

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    Is this in broken hill? There was another forum that had someone with the same issue. It wasn't a cheap fix apparently :(
     
  3. D.T.

    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    Need to clarify with them further - is it not turning on at all? Is it blowing out warm air instead of cool? Is it leaking water from somewhere?

    Being armed with the info will save you money as then you'll get someone whose on the right track.

    I'd go free quote route, make sure they report back on what they find. If it's something like maintenance that the tenant could have done then you can use that information to pass the bill onto them. Based on the diagnosis you can choose your solution accordingly.
     
  4. Xenia

    Xenia Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    Air conditioners are becoming more and more disposable. We replaced 2 evaporative motors in a house today $800 each plus labour to install.
    If it's not under warrantee and they need replacement, you can go with generic motors rather than the branded ones - it will be cheaper, that's what our landlord opted for today.
     
  5. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    Is the water turned off?

    Don't waste your time with an air conditioning tech, they generally don't know how one of these wet boxes work.

    Get Brivis or one of the other evap cooling specialists out.
     
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  6. evisional2

    evisional2 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for advice. I will get quotes from evap cooling specialists tomorrow.
     
  7. Big Red

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    Might be a silly thought but is the water connected and working?

    Also tell them that there is a vent option/ cooling option which they have to select.

    You may want to go over and test it out for yourself, it could be that the tenant doesn't know how to use it.
     
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    evisional2 Well-Known Member

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    That is good idea. Thanks Big Red.
     
  9. hellworld

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    I see you're in Melbourne OP, I mentioned these guys on somersoft Evaporative Cooling Repair, Service & Installations - Harley Plumbing Melbourne - Evaporative Cooling Melbourne

    I paid around $170 inc including gst and parts last year.

    From their page, service includes, maybe you could check some of those these before calling

    • Check correct operation of pump
    • Check correct operation of fan (tension fan belt if applicable)
    • Check correct water level
    • Check operation of dump valve
    • Inspect and fix duct work
    • Operate and Test
     
  10. evisional2

    evisional2 Well-Known Member

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    I have a evap cooler repairer to check the evap cooler up. He gives a quote of $1650 for replacing the following items:

    1. Control boards - $650
    2. Pump - $400
    3. 4 filters x $150/each

    Do you think if the quote is reasonable?

    I think about installing reversed Air Conditioner instead of fixing the evap cooler to save the cost. What do you think?
     
  11. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    @evisional2 All of those things are repairs and can be claimed this year. Putting in a new ac is capital and will be claimed over 5-10 years.

    The cost may be similar but you will get your costs back sooner with repairs.
     
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  12. evisional2

    evisional2 Well-Known Member

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    Hi Scott, you gave me a great advice. Thanks