There are many details and facts about a refrigerator water dispenser that you should know about. Whether it is a side by side feature or a water dispenser on the fridge door, this feature is very convenient and handy. The water dispenser dispenses water or ice through the door. For this to work you should have a water connection or line in your house with a shut-off valve so, that your refrigerator can be hooked up to it. Older people find this feature a great boon as it is easy and convenient to get cold water and ice whenever desired. Having a feature like this means eliminating trips to the store for bagged ice.
Features like ice and water dispensers through the fridge door increases the cost of refrigerators considerably so one should ensure that this ease and convenience far outweigh the extra costs. The following aspects of a refrigerator water dispenser should be considered at the time of purchase.
A water and ice dispenser on a refrigerator needs plumbing installation. Therefore you will have to budget accordingly. An ice and water dispenser will reduce the capacity of the freezer. But the convenience of having plenty of cold water and ice cubes on demand more than makes up for it. This is a handy feature to have especially if you entertain often, live in a hot or humid climate and if you have extra freezer storage some place else in the house. Furthermore a water dispenser on the door of the fridge further reduces the freezer space as you lose the door/bin storage space. On the other hand, with this availability of water, you and your family are encouraged to drink more water which is good.
It is a good idea to consider the water quality available. If you need to improve the water quality or filter the water you presently get at your house, you may need to by a water dispensing refrigerator that has additional filtration features. If you are used to bottled water instead of the tap water then having a water dispensing refrigerator may not be ideal. Some of the refrigerators with water and ice dispensers are designed to suit the ordinary glass size. But there are those which are designed for the extra large bottle, pitcher or even coffee pots. Having this feature on your fridge door sure helps to reduce the “pouring spill” risks.
Once you buy a refrigerator water dispenser It is also obvious that you don’t have to keep opening the fridge door for cold water or ice. This will definitely lead to reduced energy costs and will help you to save money in the long run. The water dispenser will also stop you from running the water faucet in order to draw cold water thus help you to use less amount of water in your home. Only when you consider all the merits and demerits of the water dispenser you will know for sure whether it will be an asset to your home or not.