How to clean a water cooler

How-To Guide: Water Dispenser Cleaning

No one wants to drink water from a dirty dispenser. Cleaning your water cooler won’t take long and you do not need any special equipment. These instructions will teach you how to clean your water cooler in 10 easy steps!

Water Dispenser Cleaning Procedure Instructions

  1. Unplug the water cooler before cleaning.
  2. Check to see if your water cooler is equipped with a water guard. This is the device that punctures the caps on the bottles to allow the water to be dispensed.
  3. If you do have a water guard, you need to remove it. Grasp it on both sides and pull it up and out of the water cooler. Clean it in mild detergent and warm water. Rinse thoroughly, and dry with a clean towel.
  4. Rinse the reservoir out with a baking soda and water solution, use approximately 1 cup of water and 2 tbsp of baking soda. Pour it into the reservoir, drain it out through the spigots then rinse several times with tap water.
  5. Replace the water guard kit.
  6. If sanitizing is required: Make a solution of ½ tsp of bleach to one gallon of water.
  7. Pour the solution into the reservoir. Do not leave in for longer than five minutes.
  8. Drain out through the spigot. If you have a hot and cold water cooler, do not drain out through the hot side. Instead, use the cold spigot only.
  9. Rinse immediately with tap water.
  10. Periodically remove dirt and lint from the black wire and tube condenser on the back of the water cooler. Disconnect the power supply cord, then clean with the small brush attachment of a vacuum cleaner. Observance of this procedure will ensure adequate air circulation, so operation is efficient and economical.

If you would prefer to have your unit serviced professionally, please contact us to schedule a cleaning, we would be happy to do the dirty work for you!