Water Cooler Installation:
Detailed here are methods of installation and machine location and also details of parts and connections used in the machines themselves to ensure you have the best quality installation with security and peace of mind.
Installation is usually straightforward and speedy. There are a couple of basics needed, but these are almost always available in any buildings and are a power supply, and a potable (drinking) water supply.
Water coolers are fitted with a standard 3 pin / 13amp plug. Generally they simply require a standard socket near the proposed location.
It is important to establish that the water supply is potable (drinking) water. In many buildings there are a variety of types of water being piped, for example, for heating systems, sprinkler systems, service water for washbasins and toilets and finally ‘potable’ drinking water. It is only the latter that should be attached to, but often they are carried in similar looking copper tube.
We therefore require that the correct source should be identified. Often it is straightforward as the source may be supplying an existing outlet such as a known drinking water tap, but if you have any doubts, a qualified plumber should be consulted.
Most commonly we connect to any 15mm copper tube, which ultimately feeds a drinking water source (such as the pipe feeding a cold drinking tap at a sink). We attach a valve to this pipe work then feed the machine using food grade flexible tubing. This can be trunked, so quite often the cooler can be located at a reasonable distance from the source.
This may even mean running the tube through a connecting wall or over a ceiling. Occasionally we may need to drill a small hole (about the size of a pencil) to take the tube, through say, a worktop. However our engineers will not drill any holes without checking with you first. If the cooler is ever removed the pipe work can be removed and the valve shut off and left in line for use at a later date.
Other pipe work
We can also connect to other pipe work such as plastic and or larger diameter copper. If in any doubt, just contact us.
If you have any doubts about the practicality of fitting we can visit you to site survey and advise before going ahead. Just book a trial and our engineer will bring a cooler with him, survey and fit it if you wish. Or to arrange a specific site survey please either call us or Click here. There is no cost for this service.
Pre prepared connections
Sometimes if the source is a long distance away, customers arrange for their plumber to run tube to their desired cooler location (usually the cost savings more than cover this cost)
Some customers also prefer to hard plumb the coolers to create a water outlet wherever a water cooler, or any other water-using machine (dishwasher, coffee machine, vending machine, etc) might be. In this case the pipe work should be prepared as follows.
• Branch off from the mains cold Drinking Water
• Fit isolation valve (to allow water to be turned on / off)
• Fit double check valve (which prevents water from the machine re-entering the mains)
• Finish pipe with a 3/4" BSP male threaded connection
Parts, Connections and Safety Device
Water Blocks – are fitted between the water source and machine. These are safety valves, which are designed to automatically shut off supply if a pre set volume of water (between 1 and 5 gallons) passes through the valve in one go. They are set to allow enough water to fill and operate the machine but in the event of a pipe work failure or severe machine damage causing a leak or flood, the water block will shut off supply.
Can be fitted within the machines. These devices automatically shut off both electrical power and water supply into the machine in the case of an internal leak.