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Hot Water with a Twist
Barbara Anzlovar of Dana Point, Calif., is one of a growing number of homeowners who has instant hot water at her fingertips. "I bought an instant hot water dispenser originally about four or five years ago because my sister-in-law had gotten one and raved about it," Anzlovar says. "Then we moved into our current house and it didn't have one. It's one of the first things we installed. Once you have one, it's hard to live without."
Now, whenever she needs it, Anzlovar can flip a handle and get instant hot water for cooking and cleaning. She can brew coffee or tea, make instant soup, and clean pots and pans without boiling or wasting water.
The benefit comes in the delivery of the water temperature. Normal residential tank-type water heaters typically deliver water at temperatures up to 140 degrees F. An instant hot water dispenser delivers that same water at near the boiling point - usually in the 190-degrees-plus range.
A Simple System
Instant hot water dispensers have evolved over the years. Current models offer all the bells and whistles but the biggest selling point for homeowners remains the same - convenience.
"The sink is a critical hub for both cooking and clean-up, and having a hot water dispenser creates efficiencies for cooks and non-cooks alike," says Brian Maynard of KitchenAid, based in Benton Harbor, Mich. He notes that convenience is the single most important benefit for the customers of his company's instant hot water dispensers, which are available in low-profile, high-profile and gooseneck faucet styles.
An instant hot water dispenser is a relatively simple system. A half-gallon tank is mounted under the sink and a faucet is mounted on either the sink deck or on the counter. When the water is turned on at the dispenser, cool tap water flows into the tank and displaces the near-boiling water, which then flows out of the spout. When the handle is released, the valve automatically closes, stopping the hot water flow.
The cool water that flowed into the tank is then heated, so it's ready for the next kitchen use, be it another cup of coffee or tea, or jump-starting water for a pasta dinner.
"I add [hot] water when cooking dishes like stocks, soups and stews," says Clara Meskauskas of Crockett, Calif. "It's great because the water is so hot it doesn't slow down cooking time." She says she also uses the hot water provided by her InSinkErator Model GN1100 dispenser for dissolving bullion, loosening jar lids and making instant coffee, cocoa, tea and soups.
Styles and Features
Homeowners interested in installing a hot water dispenser can choose from a variety of styles and features, including single-handle models that dispense hot water only, and two-handle models that dispense hot water as well as cool, filtered tap water.
A low-profile model will fit unobtrusively in your kitchen, or you can choose a model with the gooseneck spout design, so large pots can fit easily beneath the outlet. Be sure to select a hot water dispenser that comes with an adjustable temperature setting. The temperature range is typically 140 to 190 degrees but some systems will heat water up to 200 degrees. Make sure the spout is double-wall insulated so it's not dangerous to touch.
Families with young children should select a model with a safety lever, which operates like a safety cap on a medicine bottle. It requires some additional secondary motion to operate, such as a twist or a push, which lessens the danger of hot water being dispersed accidentally by a youngster.
Many hot water dispensers also include a filtering system to remove chlorine and other contaminants from water. These are being offered in response to requests from consumers who desire filtered water at the dispensing outlet in the kitchen, according to Lisa Engel of InSinkErator, based in Racine, Wis. The benefit of these filtering systems is that "you're only filtering the water you're using. It's a great alternative to bottled water." InSinkErator introduced the filtration systems about three years ago, Engle notes.
It's not particularly difficult to install a hot water dispenser, and it could be considered a do-it-yourself project for handy homeowners. Before you begin the installation process, gauge your level of expertise around the house. If you come up short, call in a plumber to make the plumbing connections. You'll also need the services of an electrician to install an outlet beneath the sink, if one doesn't already exist. Most hot water tanks are designed to plug directly into standard electrical outlets.
If an outlet does exist under the sink, you need to ensure that it is always on. "One of most common installation mistakes people make is they think they can use the same outlet under the sink that's used for the garbage disposal, but that is turned on and off using a switch on the kitchen wall," explains Andrew Wisecup, product development manager for Whirlpool, based in Benton Harbor, Mich.
Wisecup notes that consumers are always calling his company to complain that they plugged in the water dispenser but it didn't work. It's usually because the wall switch that controls the outlet is turned off, Wisecup says. What's needed is an electrical outlet that's on all the time, which an electrician can install.
For installation, you or a serviceman will also have to drill a hole in the sink deck for mounting the dispenser itself. Another option is to install the hot water dispenser in place of an existing sprayer attachment on the sink. "Some people will get rid of the sprayer to put in an instant hot water dispenser," explains Wisecup.
Beyond that, installation is a fairly simple process. If you're installing the unit yourself, be sure to follow the directions that come with the unit, or you can refer to online instructions available on many of the manufacturers' websites.
The Benefits Will Flow
A hot water dispenser also can help homeowners save time in the kitchen, and that's a benefit everyone can appreciate - even the skeptics. When Donna Fujioka of Oakland, Calif., remodeled her kitchen, the certified kitchen designer she hired recommended that she purchase a hot water dispenser. "I resisted, thinking it was a one-trick dog," she says. But now, she admits, "The instant hot water dispenser is one of my favorite things in the kitchen. I would choose it over a soap dispenser, cold-water dispenser or icemaker."
If convenience is your favorite word, then investing in an instant hot water dispenser is for you. You won't find many homeowners who've purchased them who don't love them. Let the instant hot water - and the benefits - flow.