Installing an under-counter or “faucet style” water ionizer is just as easy as the above the counter installation when connecting directly to the cold water line below the sink. No need to call a plumber – most people can do this themselves in 30 minutes or less.
Instead of installing a faucet diverter, you’re installing a t-adapter into the cold water line – the hardest part of the installation is dealing with the drips while putting the T-adapter in place.
Again, you’ll want to have a towel handy for this type of installation – no matter how well you drain the line there will be water left that will drip while you are connecting below the sink.
Congratulations – you’ve just completed your under-sink/faucet-style water ionizer installation!
One more thing that you should be aware of with under-counter water ionizers. You have to have a power source. Plugging the unit in under the sink using the same power outlet as your garbage disposal does not always work.
The switch above your counter that turns your garbage disposal off and on also turns the power to that outlet off and on – which means the garbage disposal has to run to get your water ionizer to work…. If this is how your outlet is wired you will need to run the power cord to another outlet or have an electrician install an additional outlet. I’ve called around and found that in most cases you’re looking at about $150 to have an additional outlet installed below the sink.
To determine whether or not the outlet below the sink is tied directly to the on/off switch you use for your garbage disposal: Go get a lamp and plug it in there. If you can turn the lamp on without having to turn on the garbage disposal you’re all set. If you have to turn the garbage disposal on before the lamp will work – call an electrician.
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