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Re: Anyone use coolbot?
« Reply #15 on: May 31, 2013, 07:58:02 AM »
I have a feeling your air conditioner is too small to cool it off much more than that.  We use a 24,000 btu.   

I think so too.... ran it without the calf and it was in the mid 50's within a half hour... would I be able to take the air conditioner back? how big is your room and how many calves do you have for a 24,000 btu?

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Re: Anyone use coolbot?
« Reply #16 on: May 31, 2013, 10:50:07 AM »
I have a feeling your air conditioner is too small to cool it off much more than that.  We use a 24,000 btu.   

I think so too.... ran it without the calf and it was in the mid 50's within a half hour... would I be able to take the air conditioner back? how big is your room and how many calves do you have for a 24,000 btu?


First off, where did you buy your Coolbot?  It should have come with a installation diagram.  I know that you are having trouble with it not working and asking questions is good, but you have a brand new piece of equipment that isn't working (or you think it isn't).  Those things are $300.  Call the people you bought it from.

If you bought it used, call Matt @ Calf Climate.  I would be really surprised if he wouldn't talk to you.  He designed our cooler and sold us all of the stuff for it.  217-417-7784.

We run 2-25,000 btu window AC units in a 10X25 cooler.  That is 50,000 BTU's in a room that holds 3 fat steers.  It is sealed up and insulated to about R24+ with no exposure to any outside walls.  We will occasionally run as many as 3 Sullivan Turbo Fans.  We can pretty easily keep the temperature at 45 degrees in the hottest part of the day.  We can get it in the high 30's if we want to, but WE end up sick if we get it that cold in there.

I am no expert on this, but I have to agree with the others that have suggested you don't have enough AC unit.  If you decide you need more AC unit, send me a PM and I will send you a link to a wholesaler that can ship you a factory refurbished unit cheap.  For one steer, you need about 12,000 BTU's in a sealed room if you want to really get it cold.

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Re: Anyone use coolbot?
« Reply #17 on: June 01, 2013, 01:31:49 PM »
I know this is kinda off the subject but how much does in cost to run a coolbot unit.  I keep hearing it's more economical to run the coolbot than to run a cooler but I was wondering how much it would cost to run a coolbot in a really well sealed 12 X 14 room for 2 calves and keep it ~55 degrees.

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Re: Anyone use coolbot?
« Reply #18 on: June 01, 2013, 03:33:34 PM »
I know this is kinda off the subject but how much does in cost to run a coolbot unit.  I keep hearing it's more economical to run the coolbot than to run a cooler but I was wondering how much it would cost to run a coolbot in a really well sealed 12 X 14 room for 2 calves and keep it ~55 degrees.

I am going to try my best to answer your question.  I know that the Coolbot is pretty confusing as to what it actually does.

Basically, the cost to run a Coolbot is whatever the cost is to keep your AC unit running at full capacity, for as long as you keep it running. 

The Coolbot itself does not use any more electricity than a simple adding machine uses.  All the Coolbot unit does is "confuse" the programming unit that is built into a window AC unit into thinking that the temperature in room is warmer than it actually is.  It also "confuses" the programming unit that is built into the window AC unit into thinking that the temperature of the fins is different than it actually is as well......so that the AC unit does not ice over.

We run 2 AC units in a 10X24 cooler that is sealed really well.  Each unit is 25,000 btu's.  We keep it in the low 40's.  It runs us about $10 per day to run the cooler.

I would guess that a smaller cooler running one smaller AC unit would probably not be much less to operate.  The large 25,000 btu units are 220V units and are pretty efficient.  The smaller 110V units are cheap to buy, and cheap to wire, but NOT cheap to operate.  When we built our cooler, I called Calf Climate and they did the design work on it.  They actually did all of the engineering work and because of the age of my kids and the number of years we would use the unit, we determined that we would get our money back in less than 2 years......the additional up front money for the bigger units and added cost of wiring and setup. 

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Re: Anyone use coolbot?
« Reply #19 on: June 01, 2013, 03:45:31 PM »
Yeah I'm really hoping I can get it running cooler soon. I think we are going to try and return ac unit tomorrow and get an 18,000 btu instead of the 8,000 we are trying to use. Hopefully this will fix the problem and we can cool more efficiently.

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Re: Anyone use coolbot?
« Reply #20 on: June 01, 2013, 03:59:00 PM »
Our cooler room is nothing fancy, but it has about 3-4 inches of spray foam and a dirt floor and is 10'x10' with an 18,000 btu AC unit wired for 220 v.  I try to keep it in the 50s temp wise with the Coolbot, which is about all I can get the AC to do, and I don't want to shock the calves when they have to go to a show in 85-95 degree weather all day.  I figure it costs maybe $40-50 a month extra on the electric bill, but hard to tell since we are pumping the well quite a bit more in the summer to rinse cattle, water yard, etc., and run blowers and fans, all of which is the same time we are using the cooler.
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Re: Anyone use coolbot?
« Reply #21 on: June 01, 2013, 04:35:26 PM »
GoWyo - our cool room isn't anything fancy either. How many calves do you have in your 10 x 10 room?

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Re: Anyone use coolbot?
« Reply #22 on: June 01, 2013, 11:50:26 PM »
GoWyo - our cool room isn't anything fancy either. How many calves do you have in your 10 x 10 room?

It fits 2 head with a single fan mounted above the AC unit.  Would be nice to be at least 12 feet deep, but it does the job and I don't have that much money wrapped up in it.
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Re: Anyone use coolbot?
« Reply #23 on: June 02, 2013, 01:12:21 PM »
Well... we bout an 18500 BTU ac... and what do you know? It needs a three prong outlet... something we DO NOT have...imagine that. This project just keeps getting more frusturating

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Re: Anyone use coolbot?
« Reply #24 on: June 02, 2013, 02:46:30 PM »
It probably needs to be wired for 220 volt at the panel and 10 gauge wire into your big 3-prong outlet.
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Re: Anyone use coolbot?
« Reply #25 on: June 02, 2013, 03:18:58 PM »
Yep. Luckily we have a friend that's an electrician. He will be coming out within the next few days. Luckily it's going to be cooler this week.

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Re: Anyone use coolbot?
« Reply #26 on: June 05, 2013, 10:17:21 AM »
Well we got an 18500 btu AC and wired it up. That did the trick. It's been in the low 50's easy. Thanks for all of the advice and help! Now it's time to grow some hair!!

 

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