The first question that comes to mind is whether an instant hot water dispenser is hard to put in? Well no, actually not, but there are a few things you need to make sure of before you begin. Whether you install a hot water dispenser yourself or hire a professional to install it for you considering the full scope of the job will make it go much smoother. Here are some things to look out for and to keep in mind when trying to find a place for an instant hot water dispenser in your kitchen sink.
- Space above the sink - Make sure you have the room to put the instant hot water dispenser on top of the sink. If you have an extra hole in the sink that needs filling then you are in the perfect situation. If not you will need to remove something to free up a hole for the dispenser. You can remove a built in soap dispenser or other sink accessory to make room. Or, if you have been considering buying a new kitchen faucet, selecting a 2 hole faucet type instead of a 3 hole faucet can open up the necessary mounting hole. Also, depending on what type of sink you have it might be possible to have the sink drilled for an additional hole.
- Space under the sink - Make sure you have the space under the kitchen sink as well. The space under some kitchen sinks is quite small indeed. With garbage disposals, drain pipes, deeper sinks, dishwasher lines, and reverse osmosis tanks things can get mighty crowded under the typical kitchen sink. I have been in some under sink cabinets where there would be no room for a hot water dispenser tank, so before you buy make sure there is plenty of room for the ⅝ gallon insulated tank on the wall. The tank can sit on the side of the cabinet or the back wall, whichever is more convenient, but the the tubing to the sink top dispenser will have to be near enough to reach.
- Water source - Figure out where you are going to get water from. An instant hot water dispenser will need a 1/4 or 3/8 cold water supply line which will tie in to the sink’s water supply. You can add the water line by installing an adapt a tee, saddle valve, dual outlet angle stop, or a new tee. Look at what you have to work with and plan ahead to make the adaptation using what you are most comfortable with.
- Power source - Another concern is the source of electricity to power the instant hot water dispenser. You will need a regular 110 volt outlet to plug in to. There are usually a couple of outlets under the kitchen sink for the garbage disposal and the dishwasher, but if you are lucky you will have an empty outlet to plug into. If not you might have to figure the expense of an electrician or handyman into your calculations before you begin.