How to buy a water dispenser

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What to consider before you buy a water dispenser

While the fridge is used to keep food items cool, the electric water dispenser is used to keep water cool and or hot. The two components responsible for these operations are the compressor and the heating coil respectfully. When the switched on, the water dispenser simultaneously heats and cools some portion of water and stores them in separate chambers ready to be dispensed to users.

Power Consumption

The power consumption in water dispensers may be in stages. Firstly,  the heating power of a water dispenser ranges between 400 and 800 watts, while the cooling power may be between 100 and 200 watts. Thus the heating coil and the compressor in a water dispenser combined could require power as high as 1000 watts. Also, the frequency of use may affect the rate at which the dispenser heats or cools water. This is because the heated and the cooled water are stored in separate chambers of limited capacities, from which they are dispensed. Accordingly, the faster the chambers are emptied, the more the compressor and the heating coil are put to work. In other  words, a high frequency of use will present a scenario were both the compressor and the heating coil are in continuous operation, leading to higher power consumption.


Always remember to check for warranty. The duration of the warranty determines the confidence the manufacturer has in the product. Therefore the longer the warranty, the more confident the manufacturer is that the product is durable. Never buy an appliance with no warranty! Finally, you should buy from an authorized dealer to ensure that the warranty is valid.


There are many water dispenser brands in the market. Always check the SONCAP and the warranty certificates (as said above). Additionally, you can tell us your experience with your appliance brand, or as your questions, in the comments section below.

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