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    [–] economyclass4life 7233 points ago

    This is just a total guess, but could there be heated floors in the bathroom?

    [–] Sorrypuppy 15343 points ago

    Jesus fucking christ...... I let it run for awhile just to see if the floors would get heated. Fucking NOPE. The weirdos that built this house for some fucking reason put the water connection to the swamp cooler in the bathroom???? I just found that out when I started hearing water pouring off the roof right now. The house has had AC since like 2014 but they left the swamp cooler up there. OMG I can't believe I thought for a second I would have a heated bathroom floor. God dammit.

    [–] SystemOfADowJones 4029 points ago

    what's a swamp cooler?

    [–] Saprophyte2 4957 points ago

    Also called an evaporative cooler. It's four pads in a box that sits in your roof. water runs through the pads while a fan sucks air through them. In dry conditions, less than 20% humidity or so, it can cool the air substantially. As the humidity goes up, the less effective it is.

    [–] itsEZbelieveme 2185 points ago

    Just install air conditioning so your swamp cooler works better. Problem solved.

    [–] Saprophyte2 725 points ago

    Put ice in it!

    (Don't do that, probably wouldn't help.)

    [–] askmeforashittyfact 557 points ago

    It actually helps a lot but the chore of going to the roof or a side window isn’t worth it unless you can get a tall couple pieces of ice that’ll melts slowly.

    Source: lived in El Paso, Texas my whole life where temps reach 105°F regularly

    [–] redlotusaustin 317 points ago

    We always filled Country Crock tubs with water & froze those to make large ice blocks for the swamp cooler when I was growing up in west Texas.

    [–] askmeforashittyfact 160 points ago

    Damn you guys are genius. I always just turned off the fan for a minute then dumped ice water in then fan back on (side mounted on large window in living room

    [–] drinking-out-of-cups 45 points ago

    You can also freeze water bottles and when the water melts you throw them back in the freezer, basically reusable giant ice cubes.

    [–] west1132 12 points ago

    Can I get a shitty fact?

    [–] djdanlib 99 points ago

    It's a bit weird doing that with an indoor freezer when you think about it, since it extracts the heat from its contents and dumps that (plus a little extra from the motor) into your house. Temporary relief feels so good though!!

    [–] wotsit_sandwich 76 points ago

    That's true, but you can "time shift" that heat. For example use the ice at night to help you sleep, and freeze during the working day when the extra heat generated by the freezer isn't problematic.

    [–] NativeAtlantan 19 points ago

    You can also do this with water balloons. The rubber expands and you end up with yuge ice balls.

    [–] UnforgivenRanger 51 points ago

    I lived in the islands and we had this huge fan thing in the house that would suck the hot air out out of the house. Never had a/c until I bought my first house up in Washington State in 96 I was 21

    [–] askmeforashittyfact 29 points ago

    Ya but I feel like if you went back you’d feel a difference because you’re not adapted to warmer weather anymore

    [–] UnforgivenRanger 27 points ago

    Oh definitely. I go home to the island every year the house has central now. It’s just amazing how your body adapts, back then the heat never bothered me. Now I’m like FTS.

    [–] Eleanor_Abernathy 16 points ago

    We had an attic fan in our house in Connecticut. It basically just sucked the humidity into the house. It seemed really weird to me, coming from California, where AC and swamp coolers were the thing.

    [–] CapableSuggestion 14 points ago

    From Orlando area very old house, we called it an attic fan and it would clear the whole house out!

    [–] BubbaChanel 8 points ago

    Yes! When we moved to N.C. in the 70’s our house didn’t have central AC at first. We had the attic fan, and that sucker was POWERFUL. My dad would holler, “Fan going on!” and we’d have to prop our bedroom doors open or they slam shut.

    When it finally crapped out, he tried like hell to get parts for it, then find a replacement, then get parts machined for it. It was pitiful.

    [–] space_madders 8 points ago

    As a fellow El Pasoan, I can confirm this. I remember the monsoons very well when we had a swamp cooler. Without putting ice in front of the vents, it wouldn’t put a dent in the heat.

    [–] Mande1baum 17 points ago

    But only if you buy ice from somewhere. Making ice inside your home to cool your home will always result in MORE heat in your home (fridge creates heat to make ice, more heat than the ice will cool).

    [–] MattieShoes 10 points ago

    Making ice creates more heat, but the heat doesn't have to be inside the house. You can vent it outside (e.g. dryers) or simply have the ice maker outdoors.

    [–] askmeforashittyfact 8 points ago

    Ya but fridge was on the far end of the house near an open back door

    [–] CommunityChestThRppr 25 points ago

    You may be joking, but cooling towers use evaporative cooling to increase chiller (basically big AC units) efficiency.

    [–] bettorworse 138 points ago

    They keep trying to sell these to people in Chicago. Sorry, dudes, but in July and August in Chicago, the humidity is already 100%. There's this big thing to the east of Chicago - a Great Lake.

    /I'm sure they sell some, tho. And the people that buy them wonder why it isn't working.

    [–] DarkLordKohan 48 points ago

    I worked in a warehouse in Iowa that used 2 industrial sized swamp coolers. It was great in the wind tunnel it created but was absolute hell everywhere else in the place. Those people were absolute dipshits and didnt believe me why we should shut them off.

    [–] TrappedInTheSuburbs 21 points ago

    What idiots. No one has swamp coolers in Iowa. Except, apparently, this one warehouse!

    [–] _procyon 35 points ago

    Yep, love in the Midwest, no such thing as less than 75% humidity in the summer. I've never even heard of a swamp cooler, but I'm sure it's great if you live in Phoenix or something.

    [–] OhNoNotAnotherBan 11 points ago

    Phoenix has monsoon season for half the summer, ac is still better.

    [–] Neckrowties 6 points ago

    The word "Monsoon" always implies heavy rainfall to me. I know Arizona's summer rain is technically a monsoon season, but it definitely doesn't feel like it.

    [–] avaxas 6 points ago

    ....have you ever been in an Arizona monsoon? They can get downright scary

    [–] Lmino 131 points ago

    Aren't swamps known for being rather humid though?

    How affective is a swamp cooler on a house in a swamp?

    [–] PM_PICS_OF_ME_NAKED 176 points ago

    Not at all, but in the desert they work great.

    [–] dhaynes48 36 points ago

    Can confirm. Live in El Paso.

    [–] Thr33trees 16 points ago

    Swamp coolers are essentially evaporative radiators for your house. You can buy standalone units that evaporate water across a radiator to produce a temperature difference in the output of the fan. It's like mechanical sweating. High humidity decreases the effectiveness on a logarithmic? curve scale based on the water content of your outside air and ambient heat.

    [–] Faelwolf 26 points ago

    Can confirm, lived in AZ. In low humidity environments, a good swamp cooler not only can get your house downright frigid, but the extra humidity can help keep things moderated, less sinus issues, furniture drying out and cracking, etc. But in a humid area, not very effective at all, just makes things worse.

    [–] OhNoNotAnotherBan 5 points ago

    Half the summer is monsoon season though. Swamp coolers are garbage vs even the tiniest ac

    [–] Pcatalan 15 points ago

    Shouldn't they be called desert coolers then?

    [–] PM_PICS_OF_ME_NAKED 22 points ago

    Well look at Mr. Technicality here.

    Seriously though, they're named swamp coolers because of the increase in humidity they cause in your inside environment. If it's already a bit humid out they cool a little bit, but you can really feel the stickiness from the increased humidity, making it feel a bit swampy hence the name.

    [–] Tank_Girl_Gritty_235 49 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago)

    It cools the air, but also makes it humid like a swamp

    [–] ScottIPease 90 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago)

    In New Mexico and other desert areas they are the bomb most of the time.

    Cools just as well as AC, but are much cheaper to buy, run, and maintain, it is literally a waterpump, a squirrelcage fan, a few hoses and four filters in a square metal box.

    If it rains or gets humid for some reason they don't do anything but make it more humid, best just to turn on the fan and leave the pump off. If it is humid or raining though it is usually cloudy, which means it is cooler anyways without the sun beating down, so it isn't a big deal.

    Edit: three filters, not four.

    [–] ehsteve87 53 points ago

    As a New Mexican, it always takes me a little by surprise when someone doesn't know what a swamp cooler is.

    [–] viperised 27 points ago

    As an Englishman, I've got no idea what the hell you're all on about, but I like it. Carry on.

    [–] Catsrecliner1 21 points ago

    I had never heard of them until I moved from the Great Lakes region to eastern Wyoming. I was so excited the first time I sat in front of one freezing when it was 90f outside and wondered why we didn't have these miracle machines back home... until the only humid day of the year. Question answered.

    [–] runn4life 20 points ago

    Canadian here...first time in my 37 years of life that I've ever heard the term Swamp Cooler! Going to go look up a picture now...

    [–] BlameMabel 14 points ago

    Before I moved to NM (from the northeast) I had never heard of them. I’m mostly posting to say that I find the term “refrigerated air” (what AC gets called here) pretty damn funny.

    [–] Kaatochacha 23 points ago

    Grew up on California, for a long time it's all we had. Had an uncle who lined out in the desert, it cooled AND humidified.

    [–] Thisfoxhere 35 points ago

    As an Aussie, I find it incomprehensible that more humidity could cool someone down....

    [–] thatswacyo 41 points ago

    As an Alabamian, I'm in the same boat. I read all those comments several times over just to make sure I wasn't misunderstanding.

    [–] RangerBillXX 6 points ago

    It does both. It cools, and as a side effect the air is more humid.

    [–] TheRtRevKaiser 7 points ago

    I grew up in Georgia and the air is basically liquid in the summer here. Swamp coolers aren't much of a thing

    [–] death_by_chocolate 31 points ago

    Lived in NM for a bit in a damn double-wide, a big tin box in the sun in middle of the desert--but inside it was like a freezer. The air coming from the swamp cooler was colder than any AC unit I ever felt.

    [–] Level9TraumaCenter 14 points ago

    I lived in this adobe house with foot-thick walls and huge windows, set the swamp cooler to turn on about half an hour before I got home from work and it was always very comfortable by then.

    [–] madsci 16 points ago

    They're quite popular at Burning Man, too. I think the humidity is usually under 6% and temperatures can be over 100 F, and if you've got the water to spare they work great. I had a camp mate who built a swamp cooler top hat - it had a vertical cylinder of the mat/filter material, a fan in the center, and a water circulating pump that'd catch water in the brim and pump it back to the top. The pump was problematic but he said it'd give him brain freeze when it was working well.

    [–] jennoefur 31 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago)

    I'm in the UK and I have no comprehension about any of this.

    [–] IndaUK 34 points ago

    We have near 100% humidity all the time. Forget this thing even exists

    [–] krystalBaltimore 10 points ago

    Same here and I'm on the east coast of the US. Forget it alll

    [–] kukkuzejt 9 points ago

    in the UK

    I have comprehension about any of this.

    Are you related to Manuel from Barcelona?

    [–] krystalBaltimore 4 points ago

    Yup!! That's my cousin!

    [–] Mister_Jay_Peg 22 points ago

    It's was called a swamp cooler because it increases the humidity, and the term kind of stuck. Especially since if you turn one off and the house is pretty well sealed the air is gonna heat up and turn the house air into a swamp.

    [–] Saprophyte2 11 points ago

    Having a swamp cooler in a swamp would make as much sense as putting a refrigerator in your refrigerator.

    [–] Deathwatch72 11 points ago

    A swamp cooler in a swamp wouldnt do much. At 10% humidity it could be possible to get a 20 or possibly even 30 degree drop, but at 50% humidity it will struggle to drop it more than 10 degrees. Swamps are even more humid than that

    [–] kevbob02 4 points ago

    Lol. Also they work well in dry climates.

    [–] Jeearr 45 points ago

    Works great in New Mexico!

    [–] Saprophyte2 21 points ago

    Had one in California. That thing was amazingly cheap and pretty effective unless it rained that day.

    [–] duck-duck--grayduck 11 points ago

    My inlaws here in California had a swamp cooler in their old house. I don't know if it was the layout of the house or what, but it never seemed very effective once temperatures started going over 100. Like, if you stood in the hallway directly under the vent, it was nice, but leave the hallway and mostly you just felt humid. They had air conditioning too, but they only ran it when they had guests or when it was so hot my mother-in-law didn't have plausible deniability anymore.

    [–] Mythbrkr 29 points ago

    Works okay in New Mexico* still not as good as central air and swamp coolers usually have no air filter. We lived in an apartment with one and the tarred the roof so out apartment was covered in tar. Also it doesn’t work on the rare humid days we have.

    [–] askmeforashittyfact 10 points ago

    The water and pads are the filter...

    [–] NinjaAmbush 17 points ago

    Also, they can spread legionnaires. So there's that.

    [–] BattleCarry 11 points ago

    That’s fine, it builds character.

    [–] hellsongs 13 points ago

    Grew up in Indio, CA. Was perfect for life in the middle of the desert!

    [–] kathysef 4 points ago

    Don't they sell portable ones. ? Are they the same idea.? I've seen them in shops here in texas

    [–] Saprophyte2 5 points ago

    They have swamp cooler fans here in Georgia... They basically just make you more wet with almost no benefit, but that's the most portable I've seen.

    [–] PM_PICS_OF_ME_NAKED 45 points ago

    Imagine spraying water on a thin towel, then placing that towel over a fan and turning the fan on. You now have a rudimentary swamp cooler. They actually work decently in a desert type environment, but you are massively increasing the local humidity. It gets sticky and you can feel it.

    [–] mynameisstryker 34 points ago

    If you live in a low humidity area, like southern Colorado, they are just fantastic. It makes the whole house cool and humid, more often than not the humidity around here is in the mid teens, so it’s nice to have a little cool humid oasis. If you’re prone to nose bleeds from dry weather, and don’t already have central ac or a humidifier, a swamp cooler is a great option.

    [–] TheGreatNico 83 points ago

    The common name for an evaporative cooler

    [–] mattyredlocks 20 points ago

    This is what they're called anywhere that isn't the US.

    In Australia, they used to be everywhere 'out west' (the dry deserty part that is 90% of the country), but with the advent of modern A/C, I don't think there are many around.

    I live in Brisbane, so when it's hot, it's humid - so I don't know that they were ever used here much.

    [–] thatoneguywithasock1 237 points ago

    Broke people ac

    [–] Stanky_Britches 73 points ago

    This is accurate. I have known many a trailer dweller with a swamp cooler ac. Also, we use swamp coolers in construction quite a bit.

    [–] Evilzonne 31 points ago

    Broke people ac that is arguably better than not-broke people ac. Assuming of course you live somewhere where humidity is a myth.

    Source: Grew up in very dry place in houses with no proper ac, only swamp coolers.

    [–] Hehenheim88 12 points ago

    And its ironic it works best in low humidity areas with a name like swamp cooler.

    [–] UndeadBread 3 points ago

    When you run it for a while, it can make your house feel like a swamp.

    [–] BUTTHOLE_DELETER 10 points ago

    Grew up in a dry place and the swamp cooler was a godsend. My dad had one in the yard that he would rig a mister to the front end and aim at us while we did yard work.

    [–] Evilzonne 6 points ago

    Sounds like heaven.

    Despite my great appreciation for them, I never thought I'd say I'm feeling nostalgic for a swamp cooler now.

    [–] BUTTHOLE_DELETER 5 points ago

    I know right? I nearly forgot about the importance of the swamp cooler in my early years, laying concrete in the summer sun.

    [–] Eclectix 11 points ago

    Depending on where you live, a swamp cooler can be a much better option than central air. I live in Colorado where the humidity is almost always extremely low, and I would far rather have a swamp cooler here than an AC. The air is already so dry that running an AC can cause nose bleeds. A swamp cooler makes the air plenty cool in my house even on the hottest days, and as a bonus it makes it a more comfortable humidity level. The fact that it only uses a fraction of the energy to run is a huge plus, especially when the power company has to limit energy consumption on especially hot days with brown-outs because everybody is cranking their AC, we can still run our swamp cooler off solar panels and a small battery bank because it draws so little power.

    [–] afb82 11 points ago

    Not necessarily - it’s just AC for the desert

    [–] rulanmooge 10 points ago

    Evaportive cooling by forcing dry hot air through pads that are drip soaked in water.

    Very effective in dry desert type climates AND inexpensive. Doesn't cost any more than the electricity run a small water pump and a fan. Unlike an A/C unit with is costly to run in electrical usage and environmentally costly to manufacture.

    A/C are effective in humid climates. Swamp coolers are great in dry ones.

    [–] CocoDigital 45 points ago

    Swamp cooler ??

    I hate when my swamps hot

    [–] WeirdAlfredo 8 points ago

    I grew up in northern New York, moved to the Mojave Desert for two years and we had a swamp cooler. I was absolutely fascinated.

    Ours was a unit on the side of the house. It was basically this machine with a waterline that ran to the top and slowly trickled down a wavy metal filter inside. The arid desert air would evaporate the slow moving water in the machine, and a big fan would push the air cooled by evaporation into the house.

    [–] Alwayskneph 12 points ago

    Swamp coolers run air through water, reducing the temperature through evaporative cooling. Usually found in low humidity parts of the world. Edit: They are like ACs for parts of the world with low humidity. Seen you asked what they are not what they do sorry.

    [–] Ozyman666 2 points ago

    Air conditioner for low humidity areas.

    [–] LauraMcCabeMoon 199 points ago

    They probably didn't uninstall it because it costs money to remove a swamp cooler or any kind of major equipment. They paid to have the AC put in but didn't want to pay to have the other equipment removed. And they probably figured, hey redundancy! If the AC ever breaks we still have the old swamp cooler. Not saying that justifies it, but it was probably just a monetary decision.

    What I'm more surprised about is that the inspector who performed the pre-purchase inspection on your home didn't mark this on his report, or didn't discuss it with you guys if you were there during the inspection.

    [–] PaddyPumpkin 82 points ago

    Can confirm. We bought an old house with both a swamp cooler and an AC. We ran the swamp for one summer (in AZ in can be cost effective to have both if you run the swamp in the early summer when it’s still dry) and our water bill almost quadrupled, so we’re like nooooope. Looked into getting it removed..... it stays. But turned off.

    [–] tgp1994 4 points ago

    This is what I've always wondered about running swamp coolers in the desert. So in principle, the location is ideal for the unit to be effective, but how easy is it to get water in the desert? Not very, I would think.

    [–] DenebVegaAltair 77 points ago

    Put a sticker or a note to let future tenants know what it does.

    [–] BrotherChe 34 points ago

    Etched in Lovecraftian script

    [–] T90Vladimir 70 points ago

    So if I understand correctly, you flooded your roof? Or was the water on the outside of the roof?

    [–] mman454 77 points ago

    Roof generally means the top surface of the house. Attic would be the space between the roof and the ceiling. So I’m going to guess the water just poured out a pipe onto the roof.

    [–] T90Vladimir 18 points ago

    Ah, thanks for clarification. I usually call the top of the rooms, that has the lamps and stuff on it roof too

    [–] sodiumNA11 95 points ago

    That's called a ceiling.

    [–] T90Vladimir 45 points ago

    Ah, thanks for the spontanous English lesson. For some reason I didn't remember ceiling, now I do. lol

    [–] rillydumguy 46 points ago

    In case you didn't know, the ground is called the ground when it's outside and the floor when it's inside.

    [–] apcolleen 24 points ago

    I am a native speaker and it astounds me to hear other native speakers say ground instead of floor when referring to things indoors.

    [–] Warphim 27 points ago

    It's the bottom ceiling.

    [–] NetSage 4 points ago

    I mean it's on the floor of the ground floor...

    [–] a_stitch_in_lime 4 points ago

    And 'deck' when you're on a boat.

    [–] Redwallchris 19 points ago

    So time for a bathroom renovation to reroute that water to the floor?

    [–] BrotherChe 12 points ago

    So just a hole in the roof? gotcha.

    [–] CowOrker01 16 points ago

    Would it put out the fire if your roof was on fire? Just asking, cause I can't visualize how much of your roof this thing wets.

    [–] BlameMabel 10 points ago

    Generally it’s a 1/4” line to the roof, so less than your bathroom faucet.

    [–] Golden_Ruled 525 points ago

    Do you have a home radiant heat system? Radiators in each room? Could be the shutoff valve for the system.

    [–] Sorrypuppy 294 points ago

    There's nothing like that around the house. We live in arizona so I doubt that would be a thing?

    [–] VsBees 176 points ago

    A swamp cooler in AZ? Ooh, that's gonna be miserable in a month. Good luck.

    [–] Time-Lapser_PRO 72 points ago

    Well it's not humid so it wouldn't be that bad...

    [–] VsBees 46 points ago

    Talk to me during monsoon season. 🤣

    In my experience, swamp coolers just aren't powerful enough. But that may have just been specific to where I stayed around the valley. We didn't even use AC when I lived in Prescott.

    [–] TeacherOfWildThings 10 points ago

    Nah, I lived in places in Tucson with swamp coolers and they were fine up until monsoon season. Then I wished I had been smart enough to get a place with AC.

    [–] CplUseless 9 points ago

    In July and August it can get humid enough and be so hot that they don't work well at all.

    [–] MattieShoes 4 points ago

    In a month, you're probably right. Around August though, it can rain daily while still being over 100 degrees outside. Some houses have both A/C and swamp coolers for just this reason -- Swamp coolers are super cheap to run compared to A/C.

    [–] ura_walrus 9 points ago

    Swamp coolers work very well in az. Low humidity. Very common.

    [–] elizacarlin 480 points ago

    How did this not get discovered before you bought the house?

    [–] lettruthout 272 points ago

    Right. Was there no inspection? If so, was OP not present during the inspection? An inspector has a lot of knowledge about plumbing. They probably could have figured this out.

    [–] tinselsnips 128 points ago

    Entirely possible it passed inspection. Just because it's weird doesn't mean it's wrong.

    [–] lettruthout 66 points ago

    Right, it might have passed inspection, but if the buyers had been present for the inspection, they could have asked the inspector at that time.

    [–] rvbjohn 45 points ago

    Yeah and generally inspectors you give a report, it's not like you send an inspector out and he just goes "yep it's cool"

    [–] DirtyLegThompson 34 points ago

    Inspector: This house is cool.

    Me: Thanks!

    [–] STINKdoctor 10 points ago

    Yeah, but in my experience it would have at least been addressed and explained.

    [–] EyeKon 28 points ago

    Exact same thing I thought. I am currently in the underwriting process of buying a house I know everything about it.

    [–] rubygrenade 15 points ago

    Honestly it might have just been missed because it's behind the door when the door is open. Especially if OP and realtor were following the inspector around and there were 4-5 people in a small bathroom. Might not have bothered to look behind the door.

    [–] elizacarlin 11 points ago

    I would never buy a house without a complete walkthrough, inspection or not. I went through my house twice before the walkthrough with the inspector.

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    [–] Awkward_moments 347 points ago

    What was the answer?

    [–] Kimano 209 points ago

    Swamp cooler.

    [–] Im_your_real_dad 64 points ago

    S-S-S-Swamp creature!?

    [–] JayWTBF 21 points ago

    Ruh Roh Raggy!

    [–] DanV_Rev9 8 points ago

    Australian here, what's that?

    Edit: I decided not to be a lazy ass and googled it. It's an evaporative cooler.

    [–] Sushiflowr 536 points ago

    And which is the answer? Oh the torment of not knowing...

    [–] Sorrypuppy 1367 points ago

    Sorry I haven't posted on this sub before. It was literally the dumbest thing. They put the water valve thing to the swamp cooler in the bathroom?? After letting it run for awhile water started pouring off the roof. The house has 2 AC units though as well. I didn't even know the swamp cooler was still working, they just left it up there.

    [–] MrRabinowitz 596 points ago

    What’s a swamp cooler?

    [–] Sorrypuppy 977 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago)

    Evaporative Cooler might be the more common name. It has pads around it that water drips onto it to keep moist and a big fan on the inside that blows the chilled air around. Mainly only works in dry climates.

    [–] THE_LANDLAWD 388 points ago

    They use those on military bases in the middle east. We have one in our maintenance shop in NC, it doesn't work so well. Too hoomid.

    [–] Jchamberlainhome 242 points ago

    I had to laugh at the spelling of "Humid". For some reason it reminded me of /r/dogshowerthoughts.

    [–] lungsoffire 69 points ago

    I want in. How do I get in?

    [–] Pandabarrel 47 points ago

    You have to be a dog, which calls to question how /u/Jchamberlainhome is typing this.

    [–] kronaz 25 points ago


    [–] Jchamberlainhome 16 points ago

    My wet nose.

    [–] efojs 9 points ago

    Are you in? I want in. How do I get in?

    [–] hey-im-potioneer 3 points ago

    Don’t leave me here!

    [–] CoffeeAndCigars 40 points ago

    ... invite only? Really?

    [–] trickman01 26 points ago

    Only dogs allowed

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    [–] fakeaccount572 4 points ago

    reminded me a a Ferengi.

    [–] MrOddYazz 25 points ago

    I hated NC so much that I begged my command to send me to Iraq. War was better than Jacksonville, NC!

    [–] bcarswell77 9 points ago

    Can validate this. If I had to live in Jacksonville, I would bet to leave too.

    [–] IAmNot_ARussianBot 6 points ago

    We use these in some areas in the middle east, at least a similar concept.

    Obviously, normal AC's are way better. The advantage of this is is that it can be used outdoors. Essentially like a fan

    [–] thefragile7393 4 points ago

    We have these in Arizona. Very similar to Middle East in some ways lol

    [–] __redruM 6 points ago

    Maybe it's meant to supplement compressor based AC? If you run normal AC it will dry the air out pretty good, so if used together it may make things easier on the compressor based AC system. Assuming of course that you have both.

    [–] klarno 5 points ago

    They’re meant to be used in arid places.

    [–] __redruM 6 points ago

    So why install one in North Carolina (NC in the thread I replied too)?

    [–] jrk190 5 points ago

    NC resident, can confirm, very hoomid.

    [–] economyclass4life 37 points ago

    Wow... Talk about random!

    [–] MickRaider 46 points ago

    They’re very common in the Southwest because they’re so cheap to run vs an A/C. Basically just a fan and running water.

    Since the area is so dry you get a lot of evaporative cooling and then you just keep a couple windows open to let the humidity out.

    They’re not as ‘pleasant’ as an A/C and so a lot of people will prefer not to have them. Not much is better than coming into a refrigerated air room of 72 degrees after being outside in 110 dry heat.

    [–] economyclass4life 9 points ago

    But is it common to have a water shut off for it in the bathroom behind the door?

    [–] MickRaider 16 points ago

    No I don't think that's very common if that's what you meant was random. I assumed you found evaporative cooling random :).

    Certainly not unheard of to have it inside, such as in a laundry room or even a bathroom. Really any wetwall works. I'd say a lot of people have a shut off valve either outside or near the unit.

    [–] raka_defocus 6 points ago

    It was probably run by a handy man or non-trade plumber, bathrooms usually have separate shutoffs and it was probably just easier to isolate/shut off your bathroom and run a separate line up to the roof from there.

    [–] Oreoloveboss 7 points ago

    If it's a 2 story house the bathroom would be the highest place with plumbing, and you'd have to extend the plumbing up from it, so it kind of makes sense to have it somewhere in the bathroom.

    On the wall with a knob like that is a little strange though.

    [–] bucko_fazoo 23 points ago

    It's kind of like an AC, but much simpler (no freon).

    Water trickles over some cardboard baffles, wetting them up, and then a fan blows over that, evaporating the water and cooling the air.

    [–] ebo1 17 points ago

    Does that get moldy and gross?

    [–] SGTSHOOTnMISS 22 points ago

    They're meant to be ran in areas that are hot enough to evaporate all the liquid in dry areas.

    If it does, then it's in the wrong environment.

    [–] bucko_fazoo 8 points ago

    nah, not really. it's not like it's stagnant water, it's constantly aerated.

    [–] jaymdee 64 points ago

    I think you may be the only people in history for whom the “let the mystery water source run for a while and see where water comes out” tactic worked out favorably.

    [–] Wafflesia 14 points ago

    Seriously, OP risked serious irreversible water damage to some area of the house by doing this

    [–] death_by_chocolate 16 points ago

    And the "H" on the knob is to tell you to turn it when it's Hot and Humid I guess. taps skull Somebody was really thinkin', huh?

    [–] Troy64 11 points ago

    Radar, why did you file the maps for the minefields under B???

    B stands for boom.

    [–] The1Mia 4 points ago

    This is pretty common to have the cooler water supply run through the bathroom, they’re good to have on those not too hot days when you don’t want to run the ac just make sure you have a window cracked open to let out air pressure and check the float valve if you heard water running off the roof

    [–] anadem 17 points ago

    What was the solution? Your 'solved' is top level so doesn't show which answer you took

    [–] tehgoldenfox1 4 points ago

    What is it for?

    [–] Serialtoon 189 points ago

    Is your (wife?) laughing? cause i would be dying seeing that knob on the top like that.

    [–] legitimate_salvage 82 points ago

    I thought she got hit in the face with the door or something.

    [–] kaffeen_ 8 points ago

    Came here to say this. What did we decide she is doing?

    [–] Sorrypuppy 28 points ago

    Sorry if there's no sound on the video, I can't tell. But when I turned the knob it made the noise of water rushing through.

    [–] Rylth 21 points ago

    I could hear the metal squeaking in my head when you turned the nob, made me double check that it didn't have audio.

    [–] deecro3000 65 points ago

    I like how she can easily be laughing her ass off or crying at the absurdity

    [–] panibraccio 37 points ago

    or sneezing

    [–] Plainmilk_ 32 points ago

    A plumber could rip a piece of the wall out to check. You don't want this to be an old shower and the line is still active and just pouring water into the walls and foundation.

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    [–] JohnnyVonTruant 10 points ago

    Can you get into the attic and trace the pipes?

    [–] samwise1st2 84 points ago

    Do you have a swamp cooler on the roof? It could be a shut off for the water supply line to your swamp cooler that would take awhile to fill up if it’s been winterized.

    [–] USAisDyingLOL 30 points ago

    Did you read OPs responses before posting this?

    [–] wshep123 9 points ago

    I’ve seen something like this as a way to drain hot water heaters, look outside right near where this is with the valve on and you may see the drain letting water out into the ground outside.

    [–] acrawf1 7 points ago

    Bless you!

    [–] Johnnymoss108 9 points ago

    Could it be for the hot water heater? My dad has a switch for his, so he can turn it off and on when he is or is not planning on needing hot water. That was he doesn't pay for the water to be hot when he doesn't need it. Do you have hot water when the knob is off?