The Basics of Hot Water Dispensers

For the fast-paced kitchens of today, hot water dispensers are an invaluable tool. They make kitchen tasks simpler, from preparing hot soups and drinks to warming baby bottles. A hot water dispenser takes much of the hassle out of these tasks, and they come in two types: instant tank dispensers with spouts, and countertop dispensers. Each of these types will be discussed below.

Instant, Tank-Style Dispensers
These water heaters are essentially the same as the units that power entire homes, but they’re much smaller. They consist of a storage tank that’s mounted under the sink, and connected to a spout. Many models have water filters, and some offer cold and hot water at the tap.
Tank-style hot water dispensers are best bought online; appearance is irrelevant because the tank is installed under the sink and it is simple to compare models and features online. Moreover, online prices are often much lower than those found in stores, and customers can save a trip to the store by having the order delivered.

Units sold by varying manufacturers are similar. They consist of a tank that holds water, along with a heating element. Hot water dispensers with stainless steel tanks last longer than those with rubber bladder-style tanks.

Control dials allow the user to easily change the temperature, and the included thermostat shuts off the element when the water inside the tank reaches the predetermined temperature. The thermostat is the part that’s most prone to failure; if it goes out, it’s usually more cost-effective to replace the unit than to fix the thermostat.

Tank Sizes
Hot water dispenser tanks come in different sizes and vary by the wattage of the heating element. Most hold up to the one-half gallon, and can range from 500-1300 watts. A one-half gallon tank can make up to 60 cups of heated water per hour. Most models allow for fine-tuning of the temperature, and must be plugged into a 120-volt outlet.

Hot water dispensers add convenience to the kitchen, at an insignificant cost. By adding a dispenser from to the kitchen, home owners can enjoy hot beverages and soups at any time without having to wait for the water to boil on the stove top.

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