|Kitchen Sink Hot Water Dispensers
Nothing beats the convenience of having hot
water instantly available from a faucet mounted
at the kitchen sink when you are cooking
or thawing food or when you are preparing
hot drinks, soups, sauces, or hot cereals.
These instant hot water dispensers are actually
miniature electric water heaters. A small
tank under the sink heats and holds nearly
boiling water that is dispensed through a
sink top spout that is separate from the
main tap. The system hooks up directly to
a cold water pipe under the sink. Water flows
into the tank where it is heated by an electric
coil. The hot water fills the chamber in
the upper part of the tank, where it is held
until it is needed.
If you are thinking of buying a hot water
dispenser for your kitchen sink, consider
- The water from these dispensers is much hotter
than that coming from the hot water tap (about
190 degrees). The water temperature can be
adjusted by a thermostat that is part of
the unit. Look for models with a replaceable
thermal fuse that will protect the tank from
- The tanks in these dispensers vary in size
from 1/3 to 1/2 of a gallon. The heating
elementsí wattage usually ranges from 500
to 1300 watts. The largest models can produce
up to 100 cups of hot water per hour.
- These hot water dispensers are made in a
variety of finishes that match almost any
style of kitchen faucet. They can operate
by twist grips, lever releases, or by pushing
a button on top.
- Over time hot water dispensers may accumulate
scale from hard water. Look for models that
have a drain plug in the bottom that allows
the tank to be emptied once or twice a year.
Some manufacturers make models that also
allow chilled water to be dispensed from
the same unit.