primo water dispenser troubleshooting guide

Primo Water Dispenser Troubleshooting

Primo water dispensers are among the best in the market. They come in various models, including top and bottom-loading types, and are designed with the home and office in mind. But, like all machines, you might encounter some problems with your system, so it is great to know Primo water dispenser troubleshooting techniques for your device. Here is a simple guide to help you resolve some of the common issues with these dispensers.

Why is my primo water dispenser not working?

If the water is room temperature, try the following tips to solve the problem:

  • Check to ensure the main plug is properly plugged in and not having a short circuit.
  • Make sure that hot and cold water buttons are not off and the power club is plugged in the socket at the back of your dispenser.
  • Check that the hot/cold water light is turned on after reclogging. If it is not turned on, dispense a couple of glasses and wait for about 5-10 minutes for the LED indicator to turn on.
  • Try resetting your dispenser by removing some liters of water from it and giving it 24 hours to settle down. Then plug it and turn the buttons on, wait for about 4 hours and try gain.
  • If the problem persists, it may be due to faulty wiring. You may need to call in a professional to look into it.

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If water is not coming out from both the taps on your Primo dispenser, it may be due to a faulty seal on a water bottle or an air-lock. To troubleshoot this problem:

  • Check the water bottle before loading it. You can also remove the bottle and check the seal.

To remove the air-lock:

  • Remove the air bottle.
  • Empty the reservoir.
  • Then place the bottle back.
  • If everything is fine, you should hear water gurgling down the reservoir.

Why is my primo water dispenser red light blinking?

A blinking red light alerts you when your bottle is empty. Replace the bottle as soon as possible when you get this alert code. Follow the steps below to replace the bottle:

  1. Open your dispenser door and slide the empty bottle out of the cabinet.
  2. Remove probe assembly from empty bottle. Place probe assembly on probe hanger.
  3. Set the empty bottle aside.
  4. Place a fresh bottle outside of cabinet. Remove the entire plastic cap from the top of the bottle. Clean the outside of the new bottle with a cloth.
  5. Place the probe into the bottle. Slide collar down until it clicks in place. Push head down until the tube hits the bottom of the bottle.
  6. Slide the bottle into the cabinet and close the door.

How do you unclog a primo water dispenser?

Mineral deposits can clog your dispenser making it less effective or causing water to leak from the tap. To unclog the dispenser, you need the following items:

  • Two tablespoons regular bleach or 2 cups of distilled white vinegar
  • One empty 5-gallon bottle
  • One 2-gallon bucket
  • A Philips head screwdriver

To unclog your Primo water dispenser:

  1. Turn energy saving switches to OFF.
  2. Unplug power cord from the wall outlet.
  3. Remove water bottle.
  4. Move appliance away from wall to gain access to the back.
  5. Remove remaining water from reservoirs by dispensing from the hot and cold taps into a pitcher or bucket.
  6. Remove the cap from a spare empty 5 gallon bottle. Pour 2 tablespoon of bleach or 2 cups of vinegar and hot tap water (2 Gallons) into the empty bottle.
  7. Apply the cleaning bottle to the dispenser.
  8. Allow the cleaning solution to fill the reservoirs.
  9. Wait 10 minutes then drain the water from the reservoirs as described in step 5.
  10. Rinse the bottle and fill with only hot tap water and apply it to the dispenser.
  11. Place a 2-gallon bucket in the back of the appliance and remove the drain plug, while also flushing water through the taps (step 5).
  12. Replace the silicone plug and drain cap.
  13. Return the unit to its location, install a fresh water bottle, plug the power cord into the grounded wall outlet and turn the energy saving switch ON.

How to Set the Temperature on a Primo Water Dispenser

Adjusting the temperature of the cold water from a Primo dispenser is easy, and doesn’t need any tools. Follow these steps to set the temperature on your dispenser:

  1. Move your Primo water dispenser away from the wall. While doing this, be careful not to tip or spill the water bottle.
  2. On the back of the water dispenser, locate the flat, brass-colored screw. For colder water, turn the screw slightly clockwise. Turn it counterclockwise for warmer water.
  3. Then give it about an hour for the water temperature to stabilize.
  4. Check the water temperature. Continue adjusting the knob, as necessary, until it reaches your desired temperature.
  5. Slide your water dispenser back into its original position.

Can you use any water with a primo water dispenser?

You can use any water bottle. All primo water dispensers are designed to accept most standard 3-5 gallon plastic water bottles.

Does the primo dispenser filter water?

Primo dispensers don’t come with filters and thus don’t filter water at the unit. However, Primo’s pre-filled exchange water and Primo’s self-service refill water has gone through a purification process that includes carbon filtration, ultraviolet sterilization, and reverse osmosis. With no filter to replace, the dispenser is convenient and low maintenance.

Primo water dispenser troubleshooting hot water not working

It takes 15-20 minutes after setup to dispense hot water. If there is still no hot water, try these troubleshooting instructions:

  • Make sure the power cord is properly connected to a working outlet.
  • Make sure red switch on the back of the dispenser is ON.
  • If the problem doesn’t resolve, turn all switches to the off position.
  • Unplug the unit from the wall outlet.
  • After a few minutes, plug the unit back on and give it one hour and recheck the water temperature.

How to clean a primo water dispenser

General Cleaning

For the best taste, performance, and hygiene; clean your cabinet, controls, bottle probe and spout each time you replace your water bottle. Use a clean, soft cloth and food grade sanitizer or bleach. Follow these general cleaning instructions:

  • Clean cabinet surfaces with a soft cloth and warm soapy water, then rinse.
  • Wipe dust from the back of the dispenser to improve efficiency.
  • Remove drip tray assembly by pulling it forward. Remove cover. Place the tray and cover in a dishwasher or use a soft cloth and warm soapy water to wipe parts clean.

Cleaning Hot & Cold Reservoirs and Water Lines

Make sure you clean the dispenser to dissolve mineral deposits, sanitize, and deodorize it every 3-4 months or whenever an off-taste occurs. To do this, you will need the following items:

  • Two tablespoon regular bleach or 2 cups of distilled white vinegar
  • One empty 5-gallon bottle
  • One 2-gallon bucket
  • A Philips head screwdriver

Then follow these steps to clean your dispenser:

  1. Turn energy saving switches to OFF.
  2. Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.
  3. Remove the water bottle.
  4. Move appliance away from the wall to gain access to the back.
  5. Remove remaining water from reservoirs by dispensing from the hot and cold taps into a pitcher or bucket.
  6. Remove the cap from a spare empty 5-gallon bottle. Pour 2 tablespoon of bleach or 2 cups of vinegar and hot tap water (2 Gallons) into the empty bottle.
  7. Apply the cleaning bottle to the dispenser.
  8. Allow the cleaning solution to fill the reservoirs.
  9. Wait 10 minutes then drain the water from the reservoirs as described in step 5.
  10. Rinse the bottle and fill with only hot tap water and apply it to the dispenser.
  11. Place a 2-gallon bucket in the back of the appliance and remove the drain plug, while also flushing water through the taps (step 5).
  12. Replace the silicone plug and drain cap.
  13. Return the unit to its location, install a freshwater bottle, plug the power cord into the grounded wall outlet, and turn the energy-saving switch ON.

Primo water dispenser leaking

If your water dispenser is leaking, the bottle may have a leak that is too large for the Leak Guard feature (not on all models) to stop. To troubleshoot the problem:

  • Remove the bottle, dispense one quart of water and install a new bottle. If there is still a leak, remove the bottle and contact Primo customer service for further assistance.

If water is leaking from the tap, there is a possibility of minerals buildup in your system. If this is the case, cleaning the minerals deposit should resolve the issue.

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Primo water dispenser cooling problems

It takes up to one hour after setup to dispense cold water. If cold water is still not cold, try these other troubleshooting instructions:

  • Make sure the power cord is properly connected to a working outlet.
  • Make sure the back of the dispenser is at least 4 inches from a wall and there is free airflow on all 4 sides of the dispenser.
  • Make sure the tank is not overfilled due to a bottle leak. Dispense water until bubbles appear in the bottle.
  • Make sure the green switch on the back of the dispenser is ON.

If an issue is proving difficult to resolve, you should consider calling a professional for assistance. Also, you can get in touch with Primo customer service for additional issues or queries you may have regarding your unit.