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Replace the Water Jug on a Cooler: A Step-by-Step Guide

It is easy to change a 5-gallon water bottle, even if you’re not the strongest person in the world. The built-in handle makes lifting a breeze, and a water guard adapter prevents spills. It’s a quick and simple job; keep reading to learn how to replace the water jug on a cooler safely. Here are five essential steps to help you do it like a boss.

  1. Wipe down the neck of the bottle.
  2. Remove the germ-free seal.
  3. Lift the bottle with the handle.
  4. Place the bottle, lid end down, on top of the cooler.
  5. Push down gently.

Let’s go over these steps in more detail to make this chore even easier.

5 gallon water jug on cooler

First, wait until the water bottle is empty or even until the cooler’s reservoir is nearly empty. This will prevent splashing when you place the new, full bottle on the dispenser. When all the water is gone, remove the empty bottle by grabbing the handle (if there is one) and the other side of the water jug. Then, pull straight up. Avoid yanking the bottle too hard, and keep your face clear of a collision (as we learned the hard way). Save the empty bottle to return on your next water delivery day.

While the bottle is off the cooler, wipe down the top of the dispenser. Then, clean the neck and top of the new 5-gallon bottle and peel the germ-free seal off the cap.

removing sticker from 5 gallon water bottle

Now, it’s time to lift. Bend down, grasp the neck of the bottle with one hand and the bottom with the other. Lift the water bottle to a chair or table near the dispenser to make the process easier. Lift with your knees and keep your back straight. Hug the bottle close to you and turn your whole body to place it on the dispenser (don’t twist). A 5-gallon water jug weighs about 40 pounds. If this is too heavy to lift, consider a 3-gallon bottle instead.

Place the bottle, cap down, in the reservoir of your dispenser. If you have a spill-proof adapter, push it down to puncture the cap. Most coolers come equipped with this part. It allows you to change the bottle without spilling. Drain a small amount of water from each cooler spigot to ensure it flows properly.

person lifting an empty Distillata 5-gallon water bottle off a water cooler

It is natural for bubbles to form when you replace a water cooler jug. They should stop after 10 to 15 seconds as the reservoir fills. If you continue to see bubbles for an extended period, there may be a pinhole or crack in your bottle. Remove the bottle and contact your supplier for a replacement to prevent a leak.

That’s it; now you can go forth and hydrate–you water cooler hero! Keep others safe. Hang this printable infograph near you dispenser for quick instructions to replace the water jug on a cooler.

how to load a 5 gallon bottle infographic

Watch this video to learn how to change a 5-gallon water bottle (without spilling!):

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