There’s not enough that can be said about water coolers like the NewAir WCD-200W Hot & Cold Water Dispenser. They’re convenient, healthy, and easy to install, but there are a few common mistakes that can trip them up, little things, with serious consequences: dirty tanks, poor safety precautions, bad electrical setups, and cracked water bottles. If you own a water cooler, here’s how to avoid them.
Dirty Water Tanks
Dirty water tanks are caused by neglect. Left alone, without proper cleaning, stagnant water attracts mold or bacteria and causes all sorts of serious side effects: rotten smells, foul tastes, even illness. Cleaning takes about 30 minutes and should be done once or twice a month. Unplug the water cooler and remove the bottle (make sure it’s empty first). Empty the taps, then unplug the drain valve in back and empty the rest of the reservoir. Remove the top cover and baffle from inside and you’re ready to clean.
Soak a sponge in a mix of water and lemon juice and scrub the inside of the reservoir as best you can. Use a brush if you have trouble reaching. Once it’s clean, pour in some water and rinse it out. Repeat until the lemon taste is washed away. Then wipe down the nozzles, the casing, and the cooling coils in back with a lint-free towel. When the reservoir is dry, replace the baffle and the cover, put on a fresh water bottle, and you’re good to go.
Bad Safety Precautions
Never buy a hot and cold water dispenser without a hot water safety guard. It prevents you from accidentally tripping the hot water dispenser and burning yourself. A NewAir WCD-200W Hot & Cold Water Dispenser heats water up to 203°F, so the danger is not inconsequential. It happens more often than you’d think, especially if you have children.
Bad Electrical Setup
NewAir water dispensers are designed to be plugged directly into a standard, 3-prong electrical outlet. Never use them with an extension cord or adapter. Never remove the ground plug, alter the electrical cord, or plug them into an overloaded socket. Avoid external switching devices, like timers, and keep them indoors. Electrical shorts can not only damage the water cooler and your home electrical system, it can also cause fire.
Cracked Water Bottles
NewAir water dispensers work because of the airtight seal around the mouth of the water bottle. As long as the pressure between the inside and outside of the bottle is equalized, the water’s held in check until you press down on the nozzle. Cracks allow air to enter continuously, so instead of dispensing water in an orderly fashion, it floods the reservoir and runs out over the floor. Hairline fractures are a common result of careless handling. If you spot a leaky bottle, get rid of it.
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