Is one allowed to use an electric water cooler (a standing water cooler with the water bottle on top, facing down, and below you press the valve and cold water comes out) on Shabbos?

Answer

You need to inquire about how the machine works.

If by taking cold water out, the machine automatically turns on the refrigeration mechanism, one may not use this on Shabbos. If, however the refrigeration mechanism only comes on later via the thermostat, the custom is to use it on Shabbos, in the same way that people open a refrigerator on Shabbos.

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