I just put about six cups of white vinegar (not diluted) into the reservoir and let it sit for about an hour. Then I emptied that out and flushed a few pitchers of very hot water through. It seems to have worked quite well.
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Using one cup of bleach Per 5 gallon jug. Find the drain plugs on the bottom of the unit there are two. Drain unit of any water that is in it now. Replaced drain plugs. Place 5 gallon jug on top of unit and allow unit to fill. Be sure that heated water is off. Open spigots and allow a gallon of water to drain. After about 15 minutes open the drain plugs and allow all of the solution to drain out. Proceed to fill the 5 gallon jug with clean Clear filtered water and allow that to drain thru the unit, do this five more times.
You can actually just fill up the pot with with water and pour it into the back without adding coffee with practically all coffee machines.
If it tastes like leftover coffee, then here's what you do to fix it:
1.)Fill your pot with 10% bleach. 2.)Fill the rest of the pot with water. 3.)Fill the machine. 4.)Switch on and wait for it to run a full cycle. 5.)When it's done, run it again 3 or 4 more times without bleach until you can no longer smell the bleach in cup of hot water that you pour. 6.)Ta-da, your coffee maker has been successfully turned into a hotwater machine and it's been cleaned from any coffee.
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Hi, your post is showing a photo of a vacuume cleaner? Don't think so,lol. If you water cooler has a mildew taste in the air, you need to go to a hardware store, just about any, and buy a roll of evaporative water cooler tablets that you add to the water to prevent this from happening. They are the size of a quarter and come in a roll or other container depending on the amount you buy. They have different names, so just ask for the tablet additive for your water cooler and they will no what you need. I hope this has helped you. Sincerely, Shastalaker7 A/C, & Heating Contractor
How about the house tap water same odor and taste or just the fridge?
If it is just the Fridge I am assuming your unit has been around for a while.
If you have a mildew build up in the plastic tubing of your ref it can be a tedious cleaning procedure to get it all out of the system The stuff ends up sticking to all of the plastic tubing inside the unit and is so hard to get rid of. What you can do is have all of the plastic lines changed out in the Refridgerator from the water valve outlet to the the water in door and icemaker. It is just time consuming to do it.
Water supply to unit off for the steps below.
You can try using a small baster (I use a hair dye applicator bottle) and a bleached water mix that is not too strong. I would recommend that you start AFTER the water valve in the bottom of the unit. You have got to be able to introdue enough pressure through the system so that when the water in door switch is activate that the bleached mixture will flow out of the spout. You will have to introduce the water until you can smell it in the water you get from the glass you used to catch the water. Then let it stand for an hour. Re-intorduce the same amount of bleached water as before and wait another hour. After the second mixed water bleaching reconnect the water supply and purge it at the water in door outlet with a glass.
Probably sounds a bit much but this is from experience and believe me it does take lots of time.
I am sure this is not what you were expecting but it really is the only way your going to rid yourself of the bad smelling and tasting water CURSE.
Check to see if the dispenser has an integral water filter. If yes, replace it to improve the taste of the water. If no, then unplug and remove the top panel and shut off the water supply line to the unit.
You'll want to drain the cooling tank and clean it with some white vinegar to remove any mineral deposits that could be affecting the taste of the water. You'll want to lightly scrub the inside of the chilling/cooling tank with a mixture of at least 2/3 white vinegar and warm water to help dissolve any residue in the tank.
After you've gotten it as clean as possible, turn on the water supply line and flush the tank by filling a pitcher from the cold water dispenser. Do this for at least 2-3 gallons of water to completely clear out the vinegar mixture.
You'll also want to remove and sanitize the dispenser valves on the front of the unit, as there could be some gunk inside the spout that is adding to the foul taste and odor.
I would also suggest you install an inline charcoal water filter to the supply line serving this cooler, as that will only help improve the taste and clarity of your drinking water.
You should be able to adjust the temp of the cold water with a thermostat controler located inside the cabinent. You might want to contat Hamilton Beach to obtain an owner's manual for your unit to get more detailed information about use and operation recommendations.
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