How to Clean Avalon Water Dispenser

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Avalon is a water products and distribution Company established in 2008. The Company is committed to providing you with an effortless hydration experience.

Avalon dispensers are great, but if you intend to keep yours running smoothly, you need to clean it.

In this post, we’ll discuss how to clean a top loading and bottom loading Avalon water dispenser. Keep reading.

Things to Do Before You Start

Unplug the Water Dispenser

The first thing you need to do is unplug the machine. Remember, you’ll be working near the unit’s inner components and thus the need to cut the power supply first. You don’t want to expose yourself to electric shock, right?

Get the Tools

To clean your dispenser to perfection, you need to get your tools. They include:

  • Washcloth
  • Scrubbing brush
  • Gloves
  • Cleaning solution(vinegar, bleach, or mildew removing solution)
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Screwdriver

Prepare the Cleaning Solution

To get your machine sparkling clean, you need to use a cleaning solution. You can either purchase one from a local store or make a simple vinegar solution.

To make the bleach solution, pour a gallon of water into a bucket and mix with a tablespoon of unscented bleach. Stir well and do this in a space where you won’t have to worry about spillage (a large sink will do).

If using a vinegar solution, add 1 part of white vinegar and 3 parts of water. You can also choose to add a tablespoon of white vinegar to ease the scent of vinegar.

How to Clean an Avalon Top-Loading Water Dispenser

Avalon top-loading water dispensers come in a classic design, and cleaning them isn’t too difficult. For more specific instructions, check the unit’s manual.

Step-by-Step Guide

  • Turn off and unplug the machine to avoid shocks. Unplugging the unit allows you to move around without tripping over electrical cords as well.
  • Remove the water bottle from the top and inspect for any dirt or mildew buildup. If there is, use the disinfecting wipes to wipe it away. For stubborn spots, dip a clean sponge in the cleaning solution and wipe down the area thoroughly.
  • Remove the water guard, rinse it off under the tap and wipe it clean with your disinfecting solution. You also need to remove the drip tray and clean it as well.
  • Pour the cleaning solution into the tank and use the scrubbing brush to clean the sides of the reservoir.
  • Drain the water from the reservoir through the spigots. Alternate the spigots to ensure that both lines are clean.
  • Fill the reservoir with clean water and drain through each spigot. Once empty, refill it and dispense a glass of water to taste. Should you detect the taste of vinegar or bleach smell, add another gallon of clean water, drain, and retest.
  • Repeat the process to ensure that there’s no aftertaste.
  • Once satisfied that the water is running clean, replace the parts and plug in the machine.

How to Clean Avalon Bottom-Loading Water Dispenser

How to Clean Avalon Water Dispenser

To clean your Avalon bottom-loading dispenser, you’ll need the same cleaning solution.

Unplug the power cord from the power outlet.

  • Remove the water bottle and save it for your cleaning solution. Drain the tank of any remaining water.
  • Add your vinegar, bleach, or cleaning solution to the water bottle and hook it up and allow the reservoir to fill again.
  • Let the mixture sit in the reservoir for about 10 minutes, then drain it.
  • Rinse the water bottle and fill it with clean water. Reattach and refill the reservoir again.
  • Drain some of the water with your spigots (what you can), and then use the drain valve at the back to drain the dispenser fully.
  • Repeat the process as necessary
  • Remove the drip tray and scrub it clean.

How to Clean a Self-Cleaning Avalon Dispenser

If yours is an Avalon self-cleaning water dispenser, you only need to clean the outer parts of the machine.

Avalon self-cleaning water dispenser uses Ozone to sanitize and disinfect the interior. The self-cleaning feature creates Ozone and releases it into the tanks and lines to disinfect and kill bacteria in the dispenser.

Once complete, the Ozone returns to oxygen and is then released into the air.

To begin the self-cleaning cycle, you only need to press and hold the self-cleaning switch for some seconds. The self-cleaning indicator light will start blinking and only stop when the cycle is complete.

The cycle will take 90 minutes to complete. Don’t use the dispenser during this time.

To clean the outer parts, dip a washcloth into the cleaning solution and wipe all the outer parts of the dispenser clean.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do I need to clean the water dispenser before I begin using it?

Although Avalon water dispensers are always sanitized and cleaned before packaging and shipping, you need to rinse the unit before using it in case debris enters the unit during transit.

Q. What maintenance needs to be done to an Avalon water dispenser?

Avalon water dispensers don’t require much maintenance. Most coolers only require cleaning every 3 months to prevent mineral buildup.

Q. How often should I clean my Avalon water dispenser?

For self-cleaning dispensers, the cycle should be run once per week. You should also clean it manually every 6 months.
If the appliance doesn’t boast the self-cleaning feature, cleaning should be done every 3 months.

Q. How long does the self-cleaning feature in Avalon water dispensers take?

The self-cleaning cycle takes 90 minutes to complete.

Q. Can I use the water dispenser when self-cleaning?

You cannot use the dispenser during the self-cleaning cycle. If possible, run the self-cleaning cycle overnight or when sure that you won’t be using the unit for a few hours.

Q. How do I remove the drip tray from my Avalon water dispenser?

To remove the drip tray, ensure that the dispenser’s door is closed tightly. Then, place your fingers on the drip tray’s grid with one hand and the dispenser door shut with the other hand.
Gently pull the drip tray towards you and release it. Once released, you can now take it from the dispenser’s door to empty it.

Q. Does my water dispenser require a drain?

No, you don’t need to connect a drain to your dispenser. It has a drip tray to collect any spills.

Q. When should I clean my water dispenser?

You should clean your water dispenser regularly. The US Energy Department recommends cleaning it with every change of the bottle or every 6 weeks, whichever comes first.

Q. How do I clean algae out of my water dispenser?

Algae is easy to clean with a paper towel dampened with lemon juice or vinegar.

Q. Do I have to clean my water dispenser?

It is very important to periodically clean and sanitize your water dispenser. Cleaning the unit is the only way to ensure that you’re taking clean, safe, and healthy water at all times.


An Avalon water dispenser is a great investment and hence the need to ensure that it’s well maintained. It is the only way to ensure that you get the most from it.

After going through the guide, we believe that you can now clean the water dispenser with ease. It isn’t a very difficult process, but you need to get the process right the first time.

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