Water from my dispenser doesn’t taste right

May 10, 2024
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Are you experiencing a strange taste from your water dispenser? Don’t worry, a common issue encountered by users of water dispensers, whether plumbed-in or bottled, is the water can sometimes change in taste. But fear not, as there are several troubleshooting methods to identify and resolve the problem, ensuring you enjoy refreshing, clean-tasting water every time.

Check the filter

For plumbed-in water dispensers, a clogged or expired filter is often the culprit behind off-tasting water. Filters are designed to remove impurities and contaminants from the water, but over time, they can become saturated and lose their effectiveness. If your water begins to taste strange or has an odour, it’s a good idea to check the condition of the filter. Replace it if necessary, following the manufacturer’s guidelines for your specific model.

Inspect the water source

Sometimes, the issue may not lie with the dispenser itself but rather with the water source. If your dispenser is connected to a municipal water supply, changes in water quality or supply disruptions can affect taste. Additionally, old or corroded pipes may introduce unwanted flavours into the water. Consider having your water tested to determine if any contaminants are present and take appropriate measures to address them.

Clean the dispenser

Over time, mineral deposits, bacteria, and mould can accumulate within the dispenser’s reservoir and dispensing mechanisms, leading to foul-tasting water. Regular cleaning and maintenance are essential to prevent these issues. Refer to your dispenser’s manual for instructions on proper cleaning procedures, and make it a habit to clean the dispenser thoroughly at least once a month.

Check for leaks

A leaking dispenser can introduce foreign substances into the water, affecting its taste and quality. Inspect the dispenser for any signs of leaks, such as puddles or dampness around the unit. Tighten connections and replace damaged or worn-out seals to prevent leaks from occurring.

Consider environmental factors

Environmental factors, such as temperature and humidity, can also influence the taste of your water. Excessive heat or sunlight exposure can promote bacterial growth and alter the taste of the water. Keep your dispenser in a cool, shaded area away from direct sunlight to maintain water quality.

Consult a professional

If you’ve tried the above troubleshooting steps and still can’t pinpoint the issue, it may be time to seek assistance from a professional. You can speak to us about out servicing and maintenance plans here: 

In conclusion, experiencing a bad taste from your water dispenser can be frustrating, but it’s often a solvable problem. By following these troubleshooting methods and staying proactive about maintenance, you can enjoy clean, great-tasting water from your dispenser day after day. Remember, a well-maintained dispenser not only ensures the quality of your drinking water but also extends the lifespan of your equipment, providing long-term value and satisfaction.