Instahot systems

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by Dave Bean, Apr 30, 2006.

  1. Dave Bean

    Dave Bean New Member

    Apr 30, 2006
    Hello from a new member. :)

    I'm renovating my kitchen right now and I wanted to know about the reliability and issues with Instahot systems. They are the little electric hot water heaters that go under your sinkbase. It heats small amounts of water up to 190 degrees so you don't have to boil water with a tea kettle. I plan on using it for coffee, tea, instant noodles...etc..etc..

    I think there are two major brands: Franke and Insinkerator

    Much appreciated

    Dave Bean
  2. Cass

    Cass Plumber

    Nov 12, 2005
    They work great, I would go with Insinkerator

    here is some info on 2 of the basic modles

    1/3 Gal., 40 Cups/Hr. @ 190F
    ½ Gal., 60 Cups/Hr. @ 190F
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  4. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

    Aug 17, 2004
    Bothell, Washington
    They seem to last 8-10 years.

    That's pretty good for what they are.

    You can't beat the convenience of it.
  5. jk60

    jk60 Engineer

    Nov 20, 2005
    San Francisco
    My first Insinkerator hot water dispenser lasted about 10 years. The second one went belly up a little shy of one year of service. It was still covered under warranty and Insinkerator sent me a new replacement. No problems with it so far, going probably 2 - 3 years. It is a very convenient appliance and I would certainly recommend it.
  6. Mikey

    Mikey Aspiring Old Fart, EE, computer & networking geek

    Nov 8, 2005
    Central Florida
    I had Insinkerators in a couple of houses. One lasted for only a couple of years, then developed a terminal leak; the other worked well as long as we had the house (~11 years). My wife believes that you have to start with cold water to make coffee properly, so I haven't bothered to install one in our current house.
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