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Older KitchenAid Instant Hot Water Dispenser
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Post# 944784   6/23/2017 at 01:39 (365 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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I just picked this up today off CL.  Model KHWS 160 VWH1.  Original paperwork shows a sale date of 2005.  Everything seems to be there except the rubber gasket (also referred to as a "seal") that fits between the dispenser base and the top of the sink, which is NLA.   I found one picture of the gasket where it appears to be flat and another where it has a shoulder, presumably to fit snugly inside the dispenser base.  Part number is 4162831.  There's also a kit that includes additional parts besides the gasket.  The kit part number is 557544.  Also NLA.


If anyone here is familiar with these, can I get away with perhaps making my own flat gasket to fit, or might there be a good substitute?  Maybe there's a source for the gasket that I failed to track down, like if there's a Hobart part number? 


So far, I'm only into this thing for $30 and they cost $250 new.  We had an ISE at our other house and I was spoiled by it, so decided to go after this KA.


Here are some pix of the actual unit I bought and the two gasket types for the KA.  The gasket that appears to be ribbed is an ISE part (which, now that I've uploaded the pix, looks too small per the Repair Clinic grid, but I can't see how to delete it).  The unit with the brown badging is an older Hobart, but the picture provides a better view of everything (except the gasket).



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Post# 944836 , Reply# 1   6/23/2017 at 10:09 (364 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Great  device! I love mine. I wonder if you could use some of that "make a gasket" material cut to fit.

Post# 944838 , Reply# 2   6/23/2017 at 10:23 (364 days old) by kb0nes (Burnsville, MN)        

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I'd think the only thing that gasket does is prevent any weepage of water around the base of the faucet. It may help hold the faucet against twisting too.

It wouldn't be too tough to cut a gasket. I'd probably use a thin smear of RTV, install the faucet and wipe away the excess.

Post# 944869 , Reply# 3   6/23/2017 at 15:06 (364 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Thanks to you both for confirming what I was thinking I'd end up doing.


With the quick connector system, this should be easier to install than the ISE was.  I have terrible luck with compression fittings.

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