How to Fix Common Water Cooler Problems

Water coolers are a really convenient tool for both home and the office. There are various different models that can provide you with cool, filtered water, and even some that provide cool water from one tap and hot water from another. But, whatever type of water cooler you have, it’s common to face problems along the line, just like with any appliance that gets a lot of use.

To help you keep the fresh water flowing, here are some common water cooler problems and how to get around them.

Your cooler is dispensing room temperature water

If your water cooling isn’t cooling the water, then it’s not doing its job. A few things could cause this. Firstly, check that the cooler’s thermostat is set to an optimum temperature for cooling the water. Turn it down slightly if the temperature is set too high, but don’t turn it too far down as this can cause the cooler to freeze and stop dispensing water.

It may also be a simple case of overuse, especially in busy offices. If lots of people are using the cooler throughout the day, then it may not be able to keep up with the demand. Give it a few minutes’ break and try the cold tap again.

The hot tap isn’t heating the water

If the opposite is true, again try checking the cooler’s thermostat. Also, make sure that the water heater aspect of the cooler is switched on. There should be a “hot water” switch somewhere on your cooler if it has this feature. And, just like above, make sure the system has enough time to recuperate if it is getting a lot of use.

A leaking water cooler

Leaks in your water cooler can come from different areas, most commonly the drip tray. When people pour their water back into the drip tray or accidentally leave the tap running, this drip tray can start to overflow. Simply empty the drip tray and make sure users know not to pour out too much water into this tray.

If there is an actual leak, then it may be from either the bottle or the cooler itself. Try changing bottles or call your water delivery company to have them do this for you. If the leak is coming from the tap, then make sure it is closed tightly. If you are still experiencing a leak, then try calling customer service to have the cooler checked out and repaired.

If you’re having problems with your water cooler, then contact Mountain Park Spring Water for our support and services. We provide a water delivery service around Virginia and North Carolina, including Kernersville, Winston Salem, High Point, and Greensboro.


How Does Hydration Change as We Age?

As we age, our bodies and their needs change. You can run around all day as a kid, but a demanding workout when you’re older will likely leave you feeling sore the next day. Another demand affected by age is hydration. Let’s take a look at how your hydration needs and the effects of dehydration change as you age.

Your body’s water content

A high percentage of our body is made up of water. That’s why dehydration can be so dangerous. But, this percentage of water content actually changes as we age. Water percentage in babies is around 75%, but this quickly drops to 65% after their first year. On average, adult bodies contain approximately 55 – 60% water, and this may reduce as you reach your senior years.

Because older adults have a lower water content, it’s all the more important for them to drink plenty of water to keep their fluid levels replenished, especially in hot weather or if they are physically active.

Young and old are more at risk

It’s not just seniors that are more at risk of dehydration, but also babies and infants. Although they have a high water content in their bodies, they also have a smaller amount of fluid because of their small size. So, even small changes in the levels of water in their bodies can have a big impact on their health.

Diuretics and adults

When we reach adulthood, most people discover the benefits of drinking coffee to stay alert and drinking alcohol in social settings. While okay in moderation, these drinks have a diuretic effect, which means they promote urination, making you lose more fluids. If you regularly drink coffee or if you drink too much on a night out, then it’s important that you replace those lost fluids. Drink plenty of water in between other drinks and make sure you rehydrate before bed and after waking up.

Weaker thirst signals

Many people only drink when they feel thirsty. But really, we should be drinking regularly enough that we don’t get to the point of thirst. As we get older, particularly past the age of 50, it’s common for that feeling of thirst to get weaker, even when we need more water. Because of this, it is even more important for older adults to drink regularly rather than waiting until they feel thirsty.

We hope this has given you an idea of how important water is at all stages of life. Make sure you have a steady supply of fresh and delicious water in your home or office with Mountain Park Spring Water. Get in touch to find out more about our spring water delivery service.