Installation of a water ionizer
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Installation of a water ionizer
Which connection method do you recommend for the water mains?
- I still have not seen a flow-through ionizer that can’t be connected, as a standard, with the delivered diverter valve (diverter aerator). This is therefore the standard method. With it, in a few minutes a layperson can connect the supply hose (feed hose) of the water ionizer. You just adjust the lever and instead of water flowing out of the tap it now flows through the feed water hose through the water ionizer.
- Disadvantages of the faucet aerator: It cannot be connected if a low pressure water boiler is connected. The adjustment of the flow rate requirement comes down to a certain sensitivity. The feed hose connected to the tap disrupts kitchen work and is aesthetically unpleasing to western standards.
- Advantages of the faucet aerator: If you own a mixing tap, you can produce not only cold activated water but also lukewarm water. Attention: Since most flow-through water ionizers are sensitive to hot water (diaphragm melts), you have the danger of overheating and damaging the device. So always allow the water to flow through the tap and test the temperature. The water cannot be warmer than hand-warm (37° C). The manufacturers provide different maximum temperatures, which have to be followed strictly.
- With some devices, which I have named low pressure ionizers, the faucet aerator is the only means to connect it. These devices do not have a built in valve, so the water flows through without hinderance. Therefore they cannot be connected directly to the water mains but need a tap to switch in between, so that the water can’t flow continuously. You can recognise these devices because of soft supply hoses with a diameter of more than 7mm.
- Since 2006 there are also pressure resistant water ionizers, which have a built in valve, so that you can directly connect it with a tee-connector to the angle valve. The water supply of these devices comes through a high pressure hose. To begin with you had devices on the market with a magnetic valve, which did show a few problems.
- A magnetic valve only switches the water flow on or off, it cannot regulate the amount. With pressure fluctuations from the water mains, which can happen any day frequently, you have the possibility of regulating the flow in the ionizer. Since it is decisive that the goal of the flow rate is to reach a certain pH level, this method is aesthetically pleasing yet technically unpleasing. Furthermore, a magnetic valve that is powered electromagnetically is expendable. You have this technology with devices that only offer a 2 year warranty. Since I have extensive experience with these devices I advise against them.
- Preferable are pressure resistant devices with an incorporated dial regulator for the water flow. This allows, like with standard water fittings, a guarantee of 5 – 15 years. Pressure fluctuations can be easily equalised with a flow rate display. This is aesthetically and technically a good solution and then at the height of technology.
- Under the kitchen counter water ionizers mostly have a magnetic valve technology and for other reasons are not recommended, I have nicknamed them, which I have described further on.
Gert G.: My wife refuses despite having a better insight. She just doesn’t want another kitchen appliance standing around on her kitchen counter. Why are you so against under the counter water ionizers?
- Because I still have a horrible hole in my kitchen counter where I have placed and tested all current under the counter models. Not one works longer than 1 year! The technical problems of these devices have until now (2013) not been satisfactorily solved. For needed spare parts for test devices, costing over 2000 €, I am still waiting over 5 years to no avail. The following is to understand the problems:
- Alkaline activated water is not hostile to life, rather life friendly. Only acidic water kills germs. So you don’t let alkaline water stand around, instead drink it as quickly as possible after producing it. Just therefore, because in the relaxation period a part of the minerals fall out, which come into contact with carbon dioxide which leads to calcification.
- With established over the counter devices, all of the water flows out after production. Water residues remain in the filter, where they are protected from contamination.
- With an under the counter device, neither the alkaline or the acidic activated water can flow out after production, since the outlet hoses are above the water ionizer. So with the alkaline outlet there is always a relaxation column with alkaline activated water which stays until the next time water is drawn. With hard water especially, it calcifies in very short time, for carbon dioxide can reach the water from the tap unhindered. Furthermore, a kitchen sink has a massive amount of germs constantly on the go. They really do look forward to the open water source!
- Besides, you also have the electrical controls which have to be installed to a separate operating unit, always a problem. The newest device from Rettin has a touchscreen console, similar to a smart phone, which connects to a pivoted double outlet hose for alkaline and acidic water. If you evaluate your smart phone: how long do you think it will work? Would you place it continually next to your kitchen sink?
- In the spring of 2013 I had discussions about design proposals with the boss and co workers of the Korean manufacturing company Alkamedi, Dr. K.-W. Kim. The hygiene problem can be solved with a drainage pump. With the control unit I still have big doubts. If it has a defect or a software problem, for example, a power failure or operating errors, the water possibly does not circulate or stop running. Often a sensible decalcification possibility is not at hand and the performance is not sufficient for harder water. Because of the high price and the many problems I advise against these.
- Both problems of under the counter ionizers (calcifying outlet hose and germ contamination risk) can be solved with the conceived operating process from Engineer Yasin Akguen. After drawing water you switch to the acidic level for a few seconds. Regarding the problems, unproblematic lime-free and non contaminated water rest in the outlet pipe. I myself have tested an Allsbon Dion under the counter ionizer for 6 months at home. There are no problems whatsoever despite hard water.