Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 13
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by samhill Works effectively but very bad design with cheap components
I bought this unit in May and was pleased with its ability to cool my house more effectively than the old type with cooling pads in the four sides. I didn't install it and so had was not familiar with the insides. Unfortunately, when it came time to shut it down for the winter I was dismayed to discover that I had to unscrew over two dozen hex-head screws to access the insides.
Not only is it an incredibly stupid design, apparently intended to make the necessary and regular maintenance issues that come with all evaporative coolers as difficult and inconvenient as possible, I was further disappointed to discover how insubstantial and cheap all of the components were.
Vastly overpriced for what is actually there.
October 11, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by BigRick I WOULDNT BUY ANOTHER ONE OF THESE...
Save your money and do not buy this.... after purchasing this last week and installing it this past weekend, i am not satisfied one bit at all. I replaced my old style, rusted out in every corner, down draft 3000DD unit with this model ADA51. The 3000DD was already there on my roof when i purchased my home three years ago. Big difference between these two units, don't be fooled by the looks of the ADA51 unit. My old style one, the 3000DD which uses the Aspen pads, kept my house so much cooler on low speed. This model does not compare at all to keeping my house cool... not one bit at all, on either speed. Only at night is it some-what noticeable. My 3000DD made my house at night like a freezer, and very cool in the day, much more cooler than the ADA51 unit, again, this unit DOES NOT compare to the 3000DD. I thought we had put the Media in wrong as we did take it out for installation, but we did put it back in correctly after all. I did some research and talked with owners of this unit in my neighborhood before purchasing it, they all approved of it. That's why i purchased it. Sorry, i don't approve of it. In short, my 3000DD was much better and a lot cooler. I'll never buy this style again. In fact, i am thinking about returning it to the store. Complete waste of money, a lot of hard earned money. Save yours.
Now the positives with this unit: Has a replaceable plastic tray that the water sits in so the bottom of the unit will have a much more prolonged cabinet/floor life (wont rust out). If only the 3000DD had that (they should come with it, Essick). Installed semi easy with a friend of mine with a minimum amount of tools and some foil tape. A neighbor thought it was an a/c unit, lol. Looks great (works lousy tho). Strong sturdy cabinet that comes apart easy to install motor/access the media etc etc. Comes with the water circulation pump and scale screen installed already, Power cord, Bleed Off kit (but i used the optional Powerclean purge pump instead, sold seperately as shown in orange), Media (has 5 year warranty), Power plug-in base (which can be put on either side of the cooler), Belt, Drain outlet.
But again, not a good working unit... sorry Essick/HD
June 29, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Art Nice product
Installed 2 weeks to teplace 20 yr old Ultra cooler...its quiet works in our dry environment.
Using a flush pump to send water to a garden area. Like a car to save the paint..I suggest you wax it when opening and/or shutting it down for the season.
Only suggested upgrade to to have sheet metal insulated to assist keeping internal cabinet temps down. I personally did this with 1/4 inch glued foam board inside the old cooler...it appeared to help ..20 yrs...
Overall nice product.
May 31, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mefish1 Very happy
Works very well, even when it is 100. I to use the high setting
June 29, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by tomt Greact cooler
Easily torn down to enable rooftop installation.Keeps house cool on low speed.
June 28, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by MelissaTiger 5000 cooler
I love our master craft cooler. Keeps us cool even when its 108 degrees.
June 7, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by CHAMP 5000 CFM Down-Draft Roof 8 IN. Media Evaporative Cooler For 1650 sq. ft.
I was very satisfied with the purchase of my Down-Draft Evaporative Cooler.
May 10, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bill Great Unit
Energy efficient, strong fan and output. The legs worked well and the installers/installation was good but not great. There is a seal incomplete that the roofers will have to seal when the new roof is installed in the beg of October.
All around---HD service/personnel, at every level, was exceptional and the installation was good. The unit itself works perfect for our home's design and 1750 sq ft main floor which receives the bulk of the cooling air.
October 13, 2014