How to Install a Water Cooler? 

Water coolers are an excellent way to provide refreshing, clean water for your employees and guests without paying the hefty price tag that comes with traditional bottled water. They offer a range of features and options, including dispensing hot or cold water, but the best part is that they can be installed in virtually any location. If you’re considering installing a cooler, the process of choosing the right one for your needs and budget is critical. 

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When selecting a cooler, you should consider the number of break rooms in your building and what type of cooling you want to achieve. Also, the quality of your municipal water should be taken into consideration, as well as whether you would like to have the ability to dispense iced water in case of emergencies. 

The next step in the installation process is to connect the cooler to your water supply. This will allow the cooler to fill with water automatically, ensuring that it always has the proper amount of water to operate effectively. 

Depending on your cooler, you can install it by yourself or have it installed by a professional technician. Before you begin, download and run through our pre-installation checklist to make sure that everything goes smoothly and that you get the most out of your new Quench countertop or free-standing water cooler. 

Mounting AiO CPU Coolers

There are many different types of AIO CPU coolers on the market, and each one requires a unique approach to mounting. This can sometimes be tricky, so it’s important to consult the AIO manufacturer’s manual before you start. 

Once you’ve determined the correct mount for your cooler, line up the radiator holes with the rivets or cutouts on the case. Then, screw the radiator in place using the provided screws and washers. If the radiator is too large for your case, it may require several screws to be positioned in a way that ensures the fan’s blades can still function. 

Retaining Brackets

iCUE RGB ELITE series liquid CPU coolers come with retention brackets that need to be installed before the water block can be mounted on your system. The brackets vary in size, so you should consult the user’s manual for this step. 

The water block should then be placed on top of the retention bracket and secured in place with the support screws. The support screws should be aligned with the bracket’s holes and tightened gradually in a criss-cross pattern. 


If you’re using an Intel CPU, the iCUE RGB ELITE cooler includes a backplate that will help hold the CPU heat sink in place. This is particularly important if you plan on adding any form of thermal paste, as it will need to sit on top of the cooler’s heat sink in order for it to work properly. 

Some motherboards come with backplates already installed, but you should check your user’s manual to make sure that this is the case. If it isn’t, you’ll need to set these screws into the CPU’s backplate, which will help hold the cooler in place while you attach the water block.