I’ve been getting a massive amount of questions through email as well as search queries on the site regarding water dispenser maintenance, specifically Sunbeam Water Cooler Cleaning Instructions is needed. This sort of maintenance is incredibly important if you want your cooler to provide you with all the benefits of drinking water without having to constantly replace the unit.
The lack of solid information on this topic is astounding as I’d be sure there would be lots of websites and forums with detailed instructions. What I found instead was a scattered, thin selection of information on obsolete products, products that were manufactured by other companies, etc.
Anyway, here are the step by step instructions for cleaning both the water tank and the cooling compartment portions of the cooler.
The manual wasn’t provided in a format that was easy to copy and paste from, so I went ahead and typed it all in manually. Hopefully, I didn’t make any mistakes in copying the information into this post, but if you notice any mistakes don’t hesitate to let me know through the contact form in the top menu of this site.
Here we go!
Water Tank Cleaning Instructions
- Do not switch the power switch quickly on and off. The resulting power surges may damage your water dispenser.
- Always turn your water dispenser off when there is no water left in the bottle or when you are changing bottles. Turn it back on after the new bottle has been placed and the air has been purged from the dispensing buttons.
- To clean the unit, first unplug the power cord. Wipe the outside of the water dispenser with a soft cloth dampened with dish washing soap. Use toothpaste to remove stains on the cabinet.
- Twist the bottle-receptacle of the No-Spill system counterclockwise and pull it up (A).
- Take apart the No-Spill system by unscrewing the base (piercing pin) (B). Then proceed to wash it with a dish washing fluid, rinse it and reassemble.
- Empty both thanks (hot and cold) by removing the cap and rubber gasket located around the drain plug on the side of the unit.
- Clean the inside of the water dispenser periodically with CLR solution (Calcium, Lime, Rust removal) available at most hardware stores. If not available, you can use vinegar or a 2% citric acid solution. This removes mineral scaling caused by the water. Rinse it well. Use the drain on the back in order to get the water out. Replace the drain plug after you have completed the rinsing. Put all of the parts back, securely replace the drain plug (C). IT IS IMPORTANT TO LET THE WATER DISPENSER DRY FOR TWO HOURS BEFORE PLUGGING IT BACK IN. Cover the bottle receptacle to prevent it from contamination.
- The harder the water you use, the more often you should clean the interior of the unit. Recommended intervals are between one and three months depending on the mineral content of the water and the frequency of bottle changes.
Cooling Compartment Cleaning Instructions
- To clean the unit, first unplug the power cord.
- Allow the ice build-up to melt naturally. NOTE: Do not use sharp objects or knives to remove ice build-up. Do note use boiling water to remove ice.
- The water will accumulate in the tray at the bottom of the compartment.
- Remove the tray from the compartment and empty the water.
- Wipe the compartment and the tray with a soft cloth dampened with liquid dish washing soap.
If you have any other questions or confusion about operating or maintaining your sunbeam water dispenser, check out the manual below. I looked far and wide for any Sunbeam water cooler instructions I could find, and I was shocked at how hard it was to find them. Sunbeam doesn’t even acknowledge that they sell water dispensers on their website, so I had to get them elsewhere.
Thankfully, I was eventually able to find them. Please note that the manual is for the H2O line of dispensers, but the cleaning and maintenance information should largely remain unchanged. You can find much more such Water Dispenser Guide here