How to Replace a Water Cooler Faucet

What You'll Need
New Water Cooler Faucet
Teflon Tape

When deciding to replace the faucet, here are some instructions to follow.

Step 1 – Drain the Water from the System

In most instances, the only way to get the water out of the system completely is to drain it through the faucets. In some instances, the water container can be removed easily from the top of the system. If the water cooler is integrated in another device such as a refrigerator, cut off the water supply by turning off the source of water.

Step 2 – Removing the Old Faucet

Unplug the unit first. The removal of the faucet will vary from one unit to another. Some units have a faucet that can be removed easily by turning it counterclockwise until it is detached. In other units, there are screws mounting the faucet in place. Remove the screws and detach the faucet from the assembly. Other units have different designs and that leaves the do-it-yourselfer to figure out how it can be removed. A service manual can be of use when the design is too complicated.

Step 3 – Buying a Replacement

Take note of the threads on the faucet and determine if they have male or female threads. The best way to get the exact replacement is to bring the faucet to a supply shop for easier identification. If the service manual contains information regarding the faucet (product number and model), then use that information when purchasing. If the local stores do not have supplies, check online stores. It may take a few days to a few weeks for the part to arrive.

Step 4 – Installing the New Water Cooler Faucet

Unpack the replacement and check for damaged gaskets and faucet handles. Wrap Teflon tape two or three times over the male threads. Insert the female or male threads of the faucet into the fitting and turn it clockwise until it is secured firmly in place. When doing so, make sure that the rubber gaskets are right where they should be. If you are unsure where to place the rubber gaskets, refer to the installation instructions provided in the product description or manual.

Some  faucets are mounted on the unit by using screws. To install the faucet, insert it properly into the faucet cover, position the assembly on the connection point and tighten the screws. For other faucet designs, refer to the manual for installation instructions.

Step 5 – Testing

Connect the water supply or simply fill the reservoir with water. Plug in the device and press the faucet handle to check if it works. Inspect the fittings as well for any signs of leaks.  If there are leaks, it might be that the male or female threads were not fitted securely. To resolve the issue, disassemble the newly installed faucet, replace the wrapped Teflon tape on the threads with a fresh one, this time making sure that the right amount of tape is used. Secure the threads in place, and reassemble the other parts as discussed from the steps above. Afterward, retest.