In my situation I needed two more feet of Pex. With all the work done on the back side of the freezer it's time to install the icemaker unit itself. However, there is installed, you can hook up through the other for the top of the. Get rid of that saddle valve while you are at it, those things are trouble waiting to happen. Run the water line into the bucket until the water is perfectly clean and clear.
It takes patience, but you can hook a water line up to your refrigerator on your own. Once you know the water is running, back the knob out so the water can run freely. Start the line from the refrigerator but do not install it onto the fridge yet. When hooking up a water line to a fridge ice maker or a door water supply, you want to use the correct materials to ensure the water flows well and everything is hooked up correctly with minimal chance of leaks. Did you push the water supply to far into the shark bite on the slip side or short side or both? Once the tape is on the threads, connect the water line to the threaded section.
I like a flexible line, and I'm uncertain, but don't think stainless steel corrodes much. The hot water was very cold but not yet frozen. Replacing water supply lines is easy if you have the proper tools for the job. However, I wanted to point out that this urban legend is indeed derived from fact. Slide on the pressure nut and then the ferrule from the water line kit onto the plastic water line then carefully attach the nut water line to the refrigerator water inlet valve. First to the faucet, and then to the water supply valve.
Step 1 — Turn off the Water and Drain the Tank Shut off the water supply at the valve. Can I add one more split on that tubing and get an adapter to convert the line to the proper diameter for my fridge hookup? Her essays have been used on college entrance exams and she has more than 4,000 publishing credits. My pex plumbing skills, but if best way to learn more about how did they are not. I have also heard that hot water freezes faster than cold water. Step 1 — Drill an Access Hole for the Line Check the basement directly underneath the refrigerator for an available cold water supply line and determine where the hole must be drilled for the water line. It would be easy to add a coupler to tap into the existing line but doing so adds an extra place for a leak to occur.
The threaded connection is likely covered with a protective plastic cover. You will need a refrigerator water line installation kit, a drill, a wrench, drill bits, a screwdriver, and a water line cutter to complete this project. More information may be included on the instructions that are included in the icemaker kit, so make sure to thoroughly read those first! She holds an Associate of Applied Science in accounting, having graduated summa cum laude. Then flush and drain the tank. Difficulty: Novice Time: About an hour for each install Anyone who has had to crawl into a kitchen cabinet to change a water faucet and supply lines can attest to the fact that it is one of the harder things to do. The valve connected to the right side of the faucet is the cold water supply line.
Once the nut is hand tight, a half turn with a wrench or pliers should do the trick! Plastic and copper water supply lines are both used to carry water to automatic ice makers, and each material has its own pros and cons. Step 2 — Remove the Old Lines Using the proper size open-end wrench, remove the supply line from the valve. They can even be rotated after assembly for easier installation in tight spaces. If possible, drill the hole from the top down to ensure correct placement. If you change out the line, it may be easier to close the ice maker valve on the hot water pipe and just leave it there.
This reduces tube bore to not much larger diameter then the saddle valve piercing hole. Installing Water Lines for Ice Makers Many refrigerators have ice makers built into them. I try to over do things where water and cold exterior walls are near each other. Slide the provided water valve clamp over the fill tube, insert the water supply line and use a drill with a hex head bit to tighten everything up. Install an olive compression sleeve and compression nut to the other end of the line, and attach this to the input of the refrigerator. The fridge will probably come from BestBuy, I believe it comes with a plastic water line. You might see some leakage here because the valves are usually not turned off and on unless repairing or replacing the faucet.
Turn the water back on and test the water dispenser in the refrigerator door. It simply isn't long enough to run from a sink to the refrigerator unless the two locations are almost next to each other. A bit more expensive than plastic and copper, braided stainless steel is the least likely line to develop a leak and, like plastic, is flexible and easy to work with. Do not tighten the clamps with excessive force as you can actually distort the copper piping. The labor to install plastic tubing can be less expensive than copper because it is easier to cut and work with, allowing the job to move more quickly. Failure to do this critical step can damage the ice maker and cause all sorts of taste problems with your ice cubes.
This information should help you properly connect your water supply line on the back of the refrigerator. You may have a cold water pipe either behind the wall where the fridge is or possibly in the floor under the kitchen. Here is a step-by-step water line installation refrigerator guide. I have had problems with the copper kinking behind the refrigerator in the past, so I'll be changing to that box with a steel braided line from it to the refrigerator very soon. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. You will have to wait 1-2 hours before you have ice. Disassembly is just as fast using the simple disconnect tool so fittings and valves can be easily changed and reused.