A handyman can install the water line for an ice maker in only a couple of hours with some basic skills and equipment. However, if you aren’t careful, a few things might go wrong and cost you a lot of money in repairs. Incorrect use of specialized installation kits and tools can eventually result in leaks.
A water line for an ice maker is a simple appliance to install. Unlike in the past, when a 14″ copper pipe was the only option for connecting the ice maker to a water supply, today, 14″ flex pipes are available in lengths ranging from 1′ to 20′, allowing for virtually any public water supply. To determine the amount of pipe you need to purchase, figure out how far you need to run the water line.
If you can’t get the water line in through the cabinets or over the fridge, you may need to consider digging a hole in the floor. A supply valve on most current ice machines makes connecting an external water connection a breeze.
If you have access to water,
A simple length of 1/4″ by 1/4″ flex line is needed to run water from the ice maker’s back to the faucet. After that, switch on the water and look for leaks in the pipe.
In the absence of a water source,
New 3-way angle stops, or an Adapt-A-Tee should be added to the water supply if expansion is required. You can find Adapt-A-Tees at any plumbing supply shop and put them to good use. They can be set up with minimal effort and in a short amount of time. When there is no running water, you can follow these procedures to install a new water line for your ice maker:
To tie the line off, find the angle stop close to or under the sink. Turn off the water supply at the angle stop by closing the faucet.
– The flex line leading from the angle stop must be cut. You may need two pairs of pliers to cut the cord without hurting yourself. One pair of pliers should be used to remove the flex line and secure the angle stop in position.
The Tee Adapter can be connected at this time. The water shutoff valve should be compatible with the adapter, and the two should easily connect. The outlet’s outside diameter must measure 14″.
Secure the Adapt-A-Tee’s angle stop by tightening it. Tighten it as far as possible, using a wrench if necessary, not disturbing the angle stop.
– Join the 3/8″ end of the Adapt-A Tee back to the water supply line. Keep it steady as you snug the line coupling.
– Screw the Adapt-A-Tee into place after connecting the 14″ flex line.
The following are the procedures to be followed to connect the flex line leading from the water source:
Connect the ice maker to the other end of the 14″ flex line. Make sure there are no leaks at that end by tightening it using pliers.
Turn on the water and ensure the connections to the shutoff valve under the sink are tight.
– Ensure no leaks are in the joints or anywhere along the line. You can reinstall the ice machine after ensuring the water line does not spring any leaks. If your home has an ice machine or water dispenser, you must let the water run through them. Doing so will clean the line and the dispenser and release any air that may have become trapped. To achieve this, use the drinking water machine. Without a water dispenser, the ice maker’s first whole batch of ice produced should be discarded.
There you have it; a brief guide to plumbing in an ice machine. It’s a straightforward installation process that doesn’t require much skill. All the best!
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