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How to Clean a GE Water Cooler [Quick Guide]

A GE water cooler can get dirty, much like a refrigerator. So if you are looking for how to clean a GE water cooler, this guide is for you.

How to Clean a GE Water Cooler

How Do You Clean a GE Water Cooler?

To clean a GE water cooler, you will need the following items:

  • 15litres of vinegar or unscented bleach
  • 5ml of clean and hot water
  • Safety eyewear with a side shield
  • Rubber hand gloves
  • One screwdriver
  • A bucket or any container that can hold the quantity of water inside the water cooler
  • A clean and soft cloth
  • A scrub brush with a handle or a neat sponge cleaning pad

Take the following steps in order to clean your GE water cooler:

Step 1

Unplug or cut the electricity supply to the water cooler.

Step 2

Detach the water bottle from the top of the water cooler.

Step 3

If the water cooler is not empty, unscrew the drain plug at the lower rear part and unplug it to drain the water contents into the bucket or container.

It’s advisable to drain from this point rather than from the ‘Cold’ or ‘Hot’ buttons in the front.

Step 4

Remove the ‘No spill’ adapter on which the bottle rests. The ‘No spill’ adapter is a round plastic with a hole about the size of the top of the water bottle. The water bottle is inserted into the water through the ‘No spill’ adapter.

Step 5

Remove the baffle (a transparent plastic at the base of the reservoir of the water cooler).

It is advisable to take off the positioning of the baffle before detaching it from the reservoir. This is so that it can be re-inserted correctly and without difficulty.

Step 6

Plug the drain plug back and add some vinegar to the clean hot water. Pour it carefully into the reservoir.

Next, allow the water to stay in there for about five minutes. Put on your rubber gloves and use your cleaning pad or hand brush to clean the reservoir.

Step 7

Clean the baffle and ‘No spill’ adapter with soap and hot water or in your dishwasher. Make sure to rinse them thoroughly with clean water.

Step 8

Unplug the drain plug to drain the hot water in the reservoir. When it is drained, block the drain plug again and fill the reservoir with hot water a second time. Again, let the water stay in there for five minutes.

Step 9

While the hot water is still in the reservoir, dampen the cloth and use it in wiping the exterior part of the water cooler. This includes the spigots through which you dispense cold and hot water.

Step 10

Unplug the drain plug once more and drain the reservoir. This time, remember to screw it back into position with a screwdriver.

Re-install the baffle into the hole at the base of the reservoir and place the ‘No spill’ adapter back into position.

With the damp cloth, wipe the neck of the water bottle before placing it back on top of the water cooler.

Step 11

Reconnect the water cooler to electricity and after about an hour, you may start to dispense your hot or cold water from it.

These steps apply to all types of water coolers, including smart water coolers.

How to Clean a GE Profile Water Cooler with Refrigerator

To clean your GE Profile water cooler, assemble the following items:

  • A toothbrush
  • A one-liter plastic spray can
  • Very warm water
  • A screwdriver
  • Half a liter of vinegar
  • A damp soft cloth

The following steps will guide you in cleaning your GE Profile water cooler with refrigerator:

Step 1

Switch off or unplug your refrigerator from the power source.

Step 2

Mix one liter of very warm water with half a liter of vinegar. Then, pour into the plastic spray can.

Step 3

The water dispenser is usually located on the exterior of the left door of the double door model of GE Refrigerators.

Locate the drip tray right under the spigots, remove it and place it in a sink where you can spray it with the bottle content.

When you are done spraying, wipe clean with the damp cloth after five minutes.

Step 4

Spray all the visible parts of the water cooler with the warm water and vinegar, detaching the transparent case right above the spigots.

Make sure to use a rag to guard against the excess spray spilling down the body of the refrigerator right under the water cooler.

Step 5

Carefully but thoroughly brush and clean the spigots with a new and clean toothbrush. For hard and unyielding stains, gently scrape with a blunt knife.

Step 6

After brushing clean the spigots, you may use the brush to brush every other visible part of the water cooler on the door.

When you are done doing this, make sure to clean up the unit with a damp and clean rag. As you clean it, rinse the rag in running and clean water.

Step 7

Re-install the drip tray and the plastic detachable part above the spigots. Then, start to dispense water from the spigots until there is no more debris or dirt flowing out.

Note that it is advisable to pull out and clean the grill with a clean rag. Do this whenever you change the water filter located behind the grill of the refrigerator, and which is right beneath the refrigerator’s doors.

To change the water filter, adjust the nob attached to the grill from its horizontal position to a vertical one. Pull it out, slide in the new filter and replace the nob to its vertical point.

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Important Notes

Make sure to disconnect power from the water cooler before embarking on any of these activities. Doing this prevents accidental electric shock.

It is advisable to remove and wash the drip tray right under spigots with soap and clean water every month.

Make sure to wipe any dust at the rear of your water cooler to improve efficiency.

Don’t use an abrasive cleaning agent to clean the reservoir of your water cooler. And if you must use any chemical product to clean, make sure it can be used on food storage facilities.

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