How To Descale A Hot Water Dispenser?

Why Do You Need To Descale Your Hot Water Dispenser?  

Any appliance, including a hot water dispenser that comes in contact with hard water, will start building limescale. The limescale will build up inside the hot water dispenser after extensive use. Hence, making it look gross and having bits of limescale sediment floating around. Although the limescale is not harmful to your health if you ingest it. You should find a means of removing it to avoid any kind of damage or malfunction to your hot water dispenser. 

Thus, it is better to descale your hot water dispenser and prolong the life of your machine. It is the right move to get rid of all the limescale build-up which might eventually cause an issue. The most interesting part is that you do not have to call a technician. In the real sense, you can do it all yourself.

How To Descale Your Hot Water Dispenser Using Vinegar Or Citric Acid

  1. Make up the cleaning solution with either vinegar OR citric acid (which is available usually in the spice aisle of Tesco). It should be in the proportion of 1 cup of vinegar to 1 cup of water, or 30g Citric Acid to 500ml water.
  2. Fill your hot water dispenser to the Maximum line with the vinegar or citric acid solution
  3. Place an empty cup or a larger bowl on the drip tray and press Start
  4. Once the cup or bowl is full, pour the water down the sink
  5. Repeat steps 3, 4, and 5 until all the water is gone
  6. Rinse out the hot water dispenser to remove the last of the cleaning solution
  7. Fill your hot water dispenser to the brim with clean water
  8. Place an empty cup or larger bowl on the drip tray and press Start
  9. Once the cup or bowl is full, pour the water down the sink
  10. Repeat steps 8, 9, and 10 until all the water is gone
  11. Descaling your hot water dispenser is now complete, and you can use it as normal

How Often Should You Descale Your Hot Water Dispenser?

This completely depends on how frequently you use your appliance. If you use it regularly and you have a hard water supply in your area, then you probably need to descale it more often. Ideally, it is advisable that you descale your water dispenser at least once every few months. 

The descaling process is easy; you can do it at your home within a few minutes. Before you know it, your machine is up and running again without any issues.

Effects Of Limescale On A Hot Water Dispenser

The main effect of limescale on hot water dispensers is internal damage. Although limescale is not harmful to ingest, too much of it can damage the internal components of your appliance. It will lead to some of the chemicals in them being mixed with your drinking water. This could pose a threat to your health. You wouldn’t want to get poisoned because of the chemicals from a damaged dispenser. 

Also, the presence of limescale can reduce the efficiency of your hot water dispenser. This is mainly because the limescale sticks to the components and makes it difficult for the dispenser to heat the water. In this case, your dispenser is struggling. As a result, it will consume more energy to heat up the same amount of water. Eventually, you end up using more electricity leading to an increase in your energy bill. 

Why Buy a Hot Water Dispenser?

A hot water dispenser is an important appliance to have in your kitchen. There are a lot of conveniences that accompany the procurement of this must-have kitchen appliance. A hot water dispenser is very cheap and yet, useful. 

If you have this appliance, you don’t need a kettle or have to turn up your regular gas stove and boil water in a pot anymore.  The hot water dispenser will do it for you in just under a minute. One of the most great features of this appliance is that you can use it anywhere you want whether it is a meeting at your office or at home.

However, there is a high possibility that people who own such appliances don’t pay attention to their maintenance. This should not be. You should ensure that your hot water dispenser is in perfect condition at all times. 

Conclusion

Despite the usefulness of the hot water dispenser, it needs to be properly maintained to keep it working efficiently. Although this appliance doesn’t require high maintenance, you still need to do a little cleaning every now and then. 

The minerals from the water you boil stick to the internal components of your dispenser. Hence, the need to descale it. We have highlighted the best method you can adopt to descale your hot water dispenser in this article. Hope you find it helpful?

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