5 Things to Avoid in Order To Keep Your Water Cooler in Top Condition
Water coolers are quickly becoming an indispensable fixture in homes and offices around the world. They’re convenient, healthy, and easy to install, but there are a few common mistakes that can trip them up: dirty tanks, poor safety precautions, bad electrical setups, and cracked water bottles.
These aren’t major mistakes. In fact, they’re surprisingly easy to make if you’re not careful and don’t know which precautions to take.
To stay safe, avoid unauthorized repairs, cracked water bottles, BPA components, improper wiring, dirty water tanks and units with no hot water safety guard. They may not protect you from every possible mistake, but they’ll help you avoid the worst water dispenser mistakes and get the most out of your unit.
- Ensure There is a Child Safety Tap on the Hot Water Spigot
One of the worst water dispenser mistakes you can make is buying a hot and cold water dispenser without a hot water spigot guard. Hot water spigot guards prevent people from accidentally tripping the hot water nozzle and scalding themselves. It’s not as uncommon as you think, especially if you’re using your dispenser at home with young children. With children, these accidents are often the result of them playing with the nozzle or spigot. Most suffer first or second degree burns on their arms and hands, but sometimes the water hits their eyes and causes lasting injury.
- Ensure Your Water Tank is (and remains) Clean
Left to itself, a water cooler can quickly become a breeding ground for mould and bacteria. They cause bad smells, rotten tastes, and sometimes even illness. Aquazania water coolers are built with stainless steel reservoirs that discourage fungal and bacterial contamination, but no water cooler is completely safe if the water has been left stagnant and basic maintenance overlooked.
- Ensure Your Electrical Setup is Sound
Aquazania water coolers are designed to plug straight into a standard, 3-prong electrical outlet. To avoid shorts, fires, or electric shocks, do not plug them in using an extension cord or adapter. Never remove the ground prong or alter the electrical cord in any way, and never plug them into an overloaded circuit. Avoid external switching devices, such as a timer, and never use them outdoors, where rain or water can short out the electric components. If you have to move, clean, or repair the dispenser, unplug it first.
- Ensure Your Bottles are BPA-Free
BPA (short for Bisphenol A) is an industrial chemical used in the manufacture of plastics and resins, such as the polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins used to make plastic bottles. It’s also parts of the plastic coating inside aluminum cans, food tins, bottle caps, and water lines.
Aquazania water bottles do not have any BPA plastic parts, so there’s no danger of contamination from using our units.
- Ensure Your Bottles Are Not Cracked or Punctured
When you put a water bottle on top of a water cooler, the water runs down and fills up the reservoir. As it does, air moves up into the bottle until the water reaches the mouth of the bottle. This creates an airtight seal that prevents more air from entering. There’s not much air in the bottle to begin with – it’s almost a vacuum – so as long as the pressure is equalized inside and outside the bottle, the water is held in check until you decide to dispense it. This breaks the seal, allowing more air in, and more water out. When you stop dispensing, the water covers the mouth of the bottle and the pressure equalizes once again.
One of the embarrassing water dispenser mistakes you can make is placing a cracked water bottle on top of the water dispenser. Cracks in the bottle allow air to enter continuously, so instead of dispensing water in an orderly way, it spills out over the floor. Cracked bottles are more common than you might think. Careless or improper handling can create small, hairline fractures that may not be immediately noticeable. Always be careful how you handle your water bottles and always check bottles for leaks before you place them on top of a water cooler.