Bottled Water Dispensers Whirlpool

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do i bleach clean a Whirlpool Water dispenser?
    I was wondering if anyone knows how to bleach clean a whirlpool water dispenser model whra-425bs? I have tried searching their website and can't even find the product there.

    • ANSWER:
      Its just a bottle water cooler right? Just mix 2 cups of bleach with 1 gallon of water and run it thru the machine.

  2. QUESTION:
    converting a water cooler to bottleless?
    I have a Whirlpool hot / cold water dispenser. I am about to get a reverse osmosis water system installed. I would like to plumb the r/o water into my water cooler so I will no longer have to buy / carry the 5 gallon jugs. I have found brand specific conversion kits for other cooler brands. Does anyone know of a kit for Whirlpool or a generic conversion?

    • ANSWER:
      Use and empty bottle as your conversion kit.

      Cut a hole in a bottle towards the top.

      Install a 1/4" bulkhead fitting in the hole.

      Install a solenoid in your 1/4" water line.

      Install a float level switch in the modified bottle.

      Wire the solenoid coil through the float switch.

      Boom...automatic water supply....If you use the right fittings and tubing nobody will even be able to tell.

      Might be easier and and maybe even cheaper to find a conversion kit special made for your unit. LOL

  3. QUESTION:
    where is the leak in my washing machine coming from?
    I have a whirlpool 3years old and it began leaking . I bought it from Sears . I can't afford to call them and would like to fix it myself .

    • ANSWER:
      Answer: First, try to even out your washing loads in the future. Heavy loads put a strain on your washing machine and are not good for the clothes you are washing either. An overloaded washing machine can cause clothing to get caught in the agitator which can cause rips and tears in your clothes.

      If your washer only leaks during a spin cycle, it’s probably caused by a leaky drain hose. You can check to make sure the connections are tight or just purchase a new washing machine drain hose. You can purchase on online at APWagner.com

      Over-sudsing is a common problem in homes with a water softener. Soft water and hot water use less detergent, while hard water and cold water need more detergent to clean well. This product, SofChek, will help you to determine if you have soft or hard water in a minute or less. These easy-to-use strips measure the hardness of your water in less than a minute. Just simply look at the color chart provided on the bottle for an instant read-out of the strip to help determine the proper amount of detergent. Lowering the amount of detergent used may alleviate any over-sudsing issues. To find out more about soft water, read this Wikipedia article about soft water.

      Leaks on a front-load washer can occur around the door seal. This can happen because of a build-up of dirt and soap on the seal itself preventing a proper seal from taking place. Wipe the door seal carefully making sure that the edge of the washing machine gasket is clean.

      Parts of a washer’s plastic bleach dispenser can crack or break off, causing a leak intermittently during the flush process. This is because bleach is a very corrosive chemical. Heavy use of liquid chlorine bleach can pit and rust stainless steel parts. Consider switching to oxygenating bleach, although this type of bleach doesn’t get your whites as white as they can get with liquid chlorine bleach. The good news is, is that you can replace the bleach dispenser on your washing machine.

      You’ll want to confirm that the washer fill hoses are connected and properly tightened. Always use new rubber washers when re-installing the hoses. Take care not to over-tighten the connection. Other leaks may be caused by the drain hose being cracked, or by a leaky connection at the washing machine’s water-inlet valve.

      Too many suds may cause the appearance of a leak when actually it’s just a sudsy overflow. Sometimes a drain hose leak occurs at the end of the hose where it attaches to the washer. If the hose is long enough you can cut the leaky end off and re-clamp the hose back on. Usually though, when a hose begins to leak, it is best to just replace the hose.

      Many washing machine pump leaks happen around the seal on the pulley. Some pumps have a weep hole that lets water drip out when this seal begins to go bad. The solution is to rebuild or replace the pump.

      Tub leaks are usually caused by a rotted tub. If this is your problem, consider buying a new washer. Sometimes a constant imbalance can be the culprit. This imbalance can rub a hole in the tub if it consistently runs off-balance. It may be possible to repair the washer tub with an epoxy kit. Tub replacement isn’t usually very economical.

      The main washing machine tub seal can also leak. This is located where the transmission and the outer tub in the center. If this seal goes bad, it can be very difficult to replace.

      Sometimes the water-inlet valve develops a buildup of mineral deposits and rust. To check this, remove the water-inlet valve and visually inspect the surface.

      A Washer Floor Tray is an inexpensive way to help prevent water damage from a leaky washing machine. This tray catches water leaks and prevents floor damage from overflows ands is especially helpful for upstairs laundries. If you cannot afford an new washing machine or cannot get to fixing your leaking washing machine right now, this might be a good short-term solution.

  4. QUESTION:
    When do you add clothes to the washing machine?
    I was taught to add water and detergent first, then add clothes. My father, nice old guy he is, freaked out and said I'd ruin my washing machine that way. For the record, we're both bachelors, domestic goddess type stuff is beyond either of us.

    • ANSWER:
      The answer depends on this: What type washing machine do you have?

      If you have a traditional washer with an agitator in the middle, yes, you start the washer, add detergent (make sure it dissolves), then add your laundry.

      However, if you have a front loading washer, first you put the laundry in (no more than half full), put the laundry detergent in the dispenser, then start the washer.

      If you have an HE toploading washer (like Whirlpool Cabrio or Maytag Bravos -- no agitator in the middle), you use it as a frontloading washer: put the laundry in (no higher than the full mark), put laundry detergent in the dispenser, then start the washer.

      IF you have an HE washer (top or front loading), be sure you only use HE laundry detergent (look for the HE symbol on front).

      IF you have a traditional toploader w/agitator, use regular laundry detergent (no HE symbol on box or bottle).

      I'm assuming you have a regular washer w/agitator, but I included the other info just in case. :)

  5. QUESTION:
    french door refrigerator brand comparisons - Samsung vs LG vs Whirlpool etc?
    I am shopping for a french door refrigerator without a ice/water dispenser in the door. I'd like 25 - 26 cu ft. I would appreciate thoughts regarding ease of use, price, and reliability, The 2 brands I'm most interest in are Samsung and LG.

    • ANSWER:
      First make sure you have a local repair facility for either brand. There are not repair men for all brands in all areas. Friends bought a high end LG stove. 3 months later it starts turning the burners off randomly. Come to find out, no LG service personnel in our area. Closest is 1 1/2 hours one way. And of course, LG will not pay the service person the extra money to drive that far. As far as I know our friend ended up paying that out of his pocket and LG paid to fix the stove.

      And I wanted a French door model until I talked to our local appliance guy. Most of them do not handle tall things well at all. Think soda bottles, large pitchers for iced tea and such. And you can't adjust the shelves to accommodate those items either. I got a new side by side with the water and ice on the door that can handle the tall items and I have more adjustment with the shelves.

  6. QUESTION:
    Okay, so I know this is kinda dumb but please help!! :) ?
    Okay, so I'm gunna wash clothes and I've only done it a few times before so can someone give me direction on what to do? Like step by step instructions. If it helps any, the washing machine I have is a "Whirlpool Duet Sport: High Efficiancy Washer with Energy saver technology" and the laundry detergent I have is "Tide 2X Ultra with a touch of Downey for H.E. washer machines" Thanks soo much! :)

    • ANSWER:
      Has a parent, spouse or someone else determined that it's time you did your own laundry? You'll soon discover it's a snap to get your clothes clean. Just sort and separate colors from whites and don't wash anything at hot temperatures if it might shrink. Everything else you need to know is below.

      Step 1
      To do laundry, first sort your dirty clothes, making separate piles for whites, bright colors and darks. If you mix whites with colors in the wash, the colors may bleed onto and ruin your whites. Also separate clothes that tend to produce lint (towels, sweatshirts, chenille and flannel) from clothes that tend to attract lint (corduroy, velvets and permanent-press clothes).

      Step 2
      As you sort, close zippers to prevent snagging, and empty pockets (you don't want soggy shreds of facial tissue all over your clothes!).

      Step 3
      Pre-treat heavy stains with laundry detergent or stain remover, heeding instructions on the product label.

      Step 4
      Use the measuring cap of the detergent bottle or the cup found in detergent boxes to measure out the right amount of laundry soap according to the manufacturer's instructions.

      Step 5
      Pour the soap into your washer or its detergent dispenser. Add liquid fabric softener, if desired, according to the product instructions.

      Step 6
      Choose the water temperature for the wash cycle:hot, warm or cold; save on energy and opt for a cold rinse cycle for any load. Consult the labels on your clothes, your washing machine's instruction manual or the detergent container for recommendations on washing temperature. In general, use cold water to protect colors and darks from bleeding or fading, and to avoid shrinkage. Use warm or hot water for durable fabrics like cotton (make sure they're preshrunk), and to ensure that your whites stay white.

      Step 7
      Start the washer before adding clothes, if you have time, to allow the detergent to dissolve in the water. The regular cycle suffices for most laundry, but use the gentle cycle for sheer or delicate fabrics. Adjust the water level to the size of your load.

      Step 8
      If you need to add bleach, allow the machine to run for a few minutes to mix the detergent and water, then add about a cup of bleach to the washer or the bleach dispenser.

      Step 9
      Add your clothes, close the lid and let the machine do its dirty work. Washing takes approximately 45 minutes.

      Step 10
      Put the clothes (and an anti-static sheet, if desired) in the dryer after the wash is complete. Hang delicates (such as bras and certain sweaters) to air dry on a clothing rack or hanger. Check tags if in doubt.

      Step 11
      Remove lint from the dryer's lint tray.

      Step 12
      Select the correct drying temperature for your laundry load: low for delicates, medium for most fabrics and high for cotton. When in doubt, low or medium is the safest bet.

      Step 13
      Close and turn on the dryer. Expect the drying cycle to take an hour or more for a full load.

      Step 14
      Once the clothes are completely dry, remove them from the dryer or drying rack and fold your clean laundry.

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