Problems With Water Dispensers

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Problems With Water Dispensers
Water dispensers sometimes have problems with dispensing cold or hot water. (cooler image by terex from Fotolia.com)

As convenient as water dispensers are, they are not without problems. Occasionally, problems arise that limit your use of your water dispenser. In many cases, you can solve most problems whether your water dispenser is an instant hot water, a bottled or a refrigerator water dispenser. Calling the manufacturer or hiring a professional is your best bet when it comes to more serious problems concerning water dispensers.

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Slow Water Flow

In general, when the water is flowing slowly, your water dispenser is experiencing poor water pressure. One way to solve this problem is to look at the connection tubing to see if something is obstructing it. Ensure that the valve is open all the way and that nothing is blocking the water output.

No Water Flow

If there is no water flowing, check if the water supply is off or the line tubing connected to the water supply is not cut off. For bottled water dispensers, the problem is sometimes an obvious one, which is an empty water bottle. Just replace the empty bottle with a full water bottle. If this does not solve the problem, call for service. For instant hot water dispensers, it is possible that mineral deposits are clogging up the tank. Prevent this from happening by changing the filter and cleaning the tank regularly.

Water Is Not Hot

It is possible that your bottled or instant hot water dispenser is not dispensing hot water because of unplugged or loosened cord. Plug the cord completely into the power outlet. In some cases the switch isn't on; therefore, the water is not heating up. Other reasons for your dispenser not to dispense hot water are due to a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker. Replacing your house fuse or resetting the circuit breaker will solve this problem. Too many items plugged into the same circuit may also cause your power to trip.

Water Is Not Cold

If water coming from the cold water faucet of your bottled water dispenser is not cold, it is sometimes due to an unplugged or dislodged power cord. Plug the cord properly inside the power outlet to prevent this problem from occurring. Ensure that the cooling switch is on, and allow four hours for the system to reach cooling temperatures before using. A blown fuse or tripped circuit may also cause water not to cool, which you can solve in a similar manner as with the hot water dispenser not dispensing hot water.

For refrigerator water dispensers, it is possible that your refrigerator may be having insulation problem or the coolant is not working. In either case, your best bet is to call a professional to fix the problem.

Foul Odor/Bad Taste

Ensure that your water dispenser is always clean by sanitising the tank or unit. Replacing the filter regularly helps to prevent water from tasting and/or smelling bad.

Leaking Water Dispenser

An overfilled reservoir can cause leakage when you add a new water bottle. Empty the reservoir first before adding a new bottle. Determine whether the cooler or the bottle is the cause of the leak by removing the water bottle. Avoid using the water cooler for at least 30 minutes. Inspect and note the water level. If the water level changes, the leakage is from the reservoir itself. Sealing the crack helps solve this problem.

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