What To Do With The Hole Left By A Swamp Cooler

Posted on: 21 January 2015

If you decide you want to remove the swamp cooler on your roof and have a company like A/C Repairs, Inc replace it with either a window air conditioning unit or a central air conditioning system, you are left with a big hole in your roof you have to do something about. Below are several options to choose from, depending on your budget.

Installing a Skylight

While installing a skylight in the hole left by the swamp cooler is not an easy project, it is one that isn't going to hit your wallet too hard. It offers the benefits of allowing additional light into your home and lowering your monthly energy bills. In order for this to work, you're probably going to have to make the hole a bit bigger. If you're doing it yourself, you should use an oscillating tool with a cutting disc. You may have to install some framing along the interior ceiling and in the attic. When it comes time to actually install the skylight, follow the manufacturer's instructions.

Putting in a Solar Tube

This option is probably the most expensive approach to dealing with the hole left behind by your swamp cooler. On the other hand, it does offer a number of benefits. Like a skylight, a solar tube will bring natural lighting inside your home. Because solar tube kits come with extensions, they are much more easily installed. One difference between solar tubes and skylights is that the holes are usually quite a bit smaller. Because of this, it may be necessary to reduce the size of the hole in the roof before you install the tube.

Installing an Attic Fan

One problem people often experience when they remove a swamp cooler from the roof is that the ductwork going through the attic can result in condensation that encourages mold growth. Unless you want to remove all the ductwork, you can choose to install an attic fan that takes advantage of the hole in the roof. This is a fairly inexpensive and easy project that will solve the problem of moisture collecting in your attic. You can plug the fan into the same electrical outlet that you used for the swamp cooler. Again though, you will probably have to adjust the hole size to accommodate the fan.

Applying a Roof Patch

The least expensive approach to dealing with the hole in your roof is to patch it. Once the swamp cooler is removed, you can frame up the hole to fit a section of roof substrate and shingles. With any luck, you still have some left over from when your roof was put on. If not, work with your building supply store to try to match your current shingles.