Installing A Hot Water Dispenser

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Mr. Rooter's Tip Of The Day: It will also be necessary to install a 120v grounded outlet under the sink to power the heating unit, if one isn’t present already.

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Water from a hot water dispenser is scalding; do not touch it as it comes out of the faucet head–as it poses the risk of severe burns.

“A hot water dispenser gives you instant hot water for hot drinks like coffee, tea, or hot chocolate,” says Bob Beall, president of Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Northeast Ohio and Southwest Pennsylvania. “In our home, we use it to flush away dried food on dishes before putting them into the dishwasher,” says Mr. Rooter, the most referred drain specialist and plumbing expert in the world since 1970.

Installing a hot water dispenser does require, however, an unused hole on the sink rim, and if there isn’t one, remove the sprayer or convert the kitchen faucet to a single-hole model, according to Beall. Mr. Rooter offers the free second opinion on any plumbing repairs, that can become costly. With Beall’s free expert plumbing tips, consumers can begin to avoid spending their hard earned money on a plumber for minor repairs: although when a plumbing emergency arises, Mr. Rooter Plumbing can handle the toughest plumbing jobs.

“You can also drill or punch a new hole in the sink–but for most homeowners, that will prove impractical,” says Beall. It will also be necessary to install a 120v grounded outlet under the sink to power the heating unit, if one isn’t present already.

Mr. Roodiagram of a hot water dispenser installationter’s Tip Of The Day

WARNING: Water from a hot water dispenser is scalding; do not touch it as it comes out of the faucet head–as it poses the risk of severe burns.

Tip #1 Start by turning off both the hot and cold water stop valves under the sink and removing the supply tubes. Shut off the hot water at the water heater. Place the heater ujit under the sink close to where it will be fastened to the floor or side wall. If it is difficult to get the unit off to the side, place the heater directly in the middle of the sink cabinet, using angle clamps and a board to create a pseudo wall.

Tip #2 Following the manufacturer’s instructions, cut the hoses to length and attach them to the heater and dispense4re on the designated ports.

Tip #3 Attach the water line to a T-cutoff valve under the sink on the hot water side. Attach the faucet supply tubes back on the stop valves.

Tip #4 Turn the stop valves and the hot water heater valve on and check for leaks. Adjust the thermostat to the desired temperature. Make sure the hot water spout is pointed to the sink center and that the main kitchen spout can swing over to the sink bowl. Turn the dispenser handle on to purge the air and plug the unit in.

Tip #5 Failure to purge out all the air before you plug the unit in may result in a blown element. Wait about one hour to make your hot cocoa.

BONUS TIPS: Creating space with a single-handled faucet

Tip #1 Pull the existing faucet from the sink and remove the chrome escutcheon from its bottom.

Tip #2 Using a razor blade, clean off the area under the old faucet.

Tip #3 If a hole on the left or right side of center already exists, then the sink is ready for the new hot water dispenser faucet. If not, it will be necessary to drill one, a project for which you may need to call in a pro. If there is an extra hole, plug it with a chrome cap outfitted with spring “fingers” and made specifically for this purpose. Try to use the center hole for the faucet, if possible.

Tip #4 The hot water dispenser will use an existing hole on the left or right. (See above instructions for further detail).

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