A well-maintained water dispenser is a doorway to clean, filtered water at home, and in your office. Regular maintenance is necessary since it prevents the growth of bacteria thereby ensuring the smooth functioning of the water dispenser. Get hot and cold water that is safe for consumption whenever you need it.
Tips to Clean and Maintain a Water Dispenser
1. Clean the Dispenser and its Exterior Regularly
The frequency of cleaning will depend on the model of your dispenser and how often you use it. However, is very important to wipe down the exterior of your water dispenser with a damp cloth and a mild detergent. Ensure you clean the drip tray and the area around it with a mild soap and water solution. Don’t miss out on cleaning the water spouts. Clean the entire dispenser at least twice a month for best results.
2. Regularly Clean the Water Tank and Filter
Generally, the water tank and filter need cleaning every 2-3 weeks. This depends upon the frequency of usage. If you use the dispenser on a daily basis, then consider cleaning the tank and filters every 2 weeks. If you use the dispenser on a weekly basis, then you can clean the filters and tank once in 3 weeks. But, if you notice a foul odour or taste, that means you need to clean it that moment and not wait for another week. Cleaning the water tank is simple. Firstly, you need to unplug the dispenser. Next, simply empty the tank and then wash it with a mild detergent and water. Ensure you use clean water to wash the tank and don’t forget to rinse it thoroughly after you’re done. Reassemble the dispenser and plug it back in.
Cleaning the filter is also easy. You need to remove the filters from the dispenser and then begin cleaning them. Refer to the instructions that came with your water dispenser to know the appropriate method as each brand or model differs from the other.
3. Replace the Filters as Recommended by the Manufacturer
The filters in a water dispenser play an important role as they are responsible for removing impurities from the water. Over time, these filters get clogged which is why they are not able to eliminate the impurities as effectively as they would if it would be clean. Therefore, it is important to replace the filters as recommended by the manufacturer.
4. Inspect the Dispenser for Leaks or Damage
Leaks can not only damage the dispenser but also contaminate the water. Therefore, it is important to inspect the dispenser for leaks on a regular basis. Also, keep a check on your water dispenser from time to time to see if it is damaged.
5. Descale the Dispenser on a Regular Basis
If you reside in UAE, then this is one of the most important points for you to read. Since the UAE receives only hard water supply, you need to descale your water dispenser on a regular basis. Why, you ask? Well, mineral deposits tend to build up in the water tank and pipes over time. This can cause the dispenser to malfunction which is the last thing you would want. Hence, the process of descaling is very important as it removes these mineral deposits.
6. Service your Water Dispenser Monthly
Contact a professional or qualified technician to service your water dispenser regularly. This will ensure that the dispenser is functioning well and also the water is safe for consumption.
If you follow these tips to clean and maintain your water dispenser, your dispenser will definitely function well. Rest assured, the water you drink from a well-maintained water dispenser is safe and healthy. So, you and your family at home and employees/colleagues in the office are safe.
What to do if the water dispenser is unused for a long period of time?
If the water dispenser is unused for a long period of time then simply empty the water tank and clean it. Remove the filters and clean them too.
Tips to Extend the Life of a Water Dispenser
Now that you have seen some ways in which you can maintain your water dispenser, let us move on to the next section which includes tips to help you extend the life of a water dispenser.
1. Avoid Harsh Chemicals or Abrasive Cleaners
Never use harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners to clean your water dispenser since these can damage the plastic parts and accessories of the dispenser. Always use a mild detergent as discussed above.
2. Unplug the Water Dispenser when not in Use
One of the best safety measures and tips to extend your dispenser’s life is to unplug the dispenser when you’re not using it. Besides, this will also help to prevent the growth of bacteria and other pathogens.
3. Avoid Using Hot Water
Ensure you don’t use hot water to clean the water dispenser. Hot water tends to distort or bend the plastic parts of the dispenser. Always use lukewarm or cold water for the same.
4. Use the Built-in Cooler Mindfully
If your dispenser comes with a built-in cooler, it is great, since it allows you to dispense hot water. However, you need to use it mindfully in order to avoid damage. So, ensure you don’t exceed 30 minutes while using the built-in cooler. Continuous usage (more than 30 minutes) can damage the cooler. Use it for half an hour. Take a break and use it at a later interval.
5. Never Overfill the Water Tank
Overfilling the water tank will not only cause the water to overflow but may also damage your water dispenser. This can affect the water filtration process.
6. Never Add Anything Else Besides Water
Besides water, don’t add anything else such as soda, juice, tea, or any other beverages to the water tank of your dispenser. The tank in your water dispenser is meant only for water.
By following these tips, you will be able to extend the life of your water dispenser and keep it in good working condition for sure.