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Installing a thermostat on a swamp cooler

This is a discussion on Installing a thermostat on a swamp cooler within the Reptile Supplies forums, part of the Reptile Caging, Supplies, Rooms and Buildings category; I recently got a swamp cooler to keep the heat in my reptile room under control. Unfortunately this model doesn't ...

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    Installing a thermostat on a swamp cooler

    I recently got a swamp cooler to keep the heat in my reptile room under control. Unfortunately this model doesn't have a thermostat on it. I was going to hook a Johnson control thermo up to it and run it like my oil filled radiator, but this cooler has to have the power button turned on every time it is unplugged. So, just plugging the cooler into the thermo will do nothing. So, my question is, can I modify this cooler electrically to be able to be controlled by a Johnson control? I have a pic of the wiring diagram if that will help.

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    The fact that it needs water to run, I would be concern on using it.

    Some thermostat have a "warm" mode. Meaning, it's always keep the unit running a little, but theses are on proportional unit, and not sure it could work with your setup.

    My suggestions, would be to bypass the power button. May be just wiring the cables together would work. Otherwise, you might have to use a power-supply (depending on the needed voltage) hooked-up to the power button, to bypass it.

    good luck and be careful.

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    personally i don't think i'd fool with re-wiring something like that

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    could you replace the switch... that could be a fix.

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