Plumbing is not only limited to kitchen sinks and bathroom tubs, but it also extends all the way to your dishwasher and icemaker.
For the latter, this comes mostly with your refrigerator. While you only need to move the right distance that your refrigerator, installing the icemaker can be quite tricky and also it becomes an added expense. You only need to add an icemaker in your household if it is really necessary. Old refrigerators can be installed with an icemaker, but you will need to tap the cold water supply line to the device in order to give it a source to create ice itself. But doing the installation itself is not entirely difficult, as long as you pay careful attention to its copper tubing. If you create any kinks with it, do not fix the copper tubing. Instead you will need to cut it off or get a new piece to work with. To make the taste of your ice fresher, install a filter for water and run it through the icemaker line.
Step by Step Instructions
Drill a hole in the floor that will directly pass through a crawlspace or basement behind your refrigerator. If there is no crawlspace or basement, just drill a hole passing through another room. Get a copper tubing, unroll them and run it carefully into the hole you created. After this, install the saddle-tee valve onto the pipe used to run through cold water and then hook its copper line into it. To do so, slip the ferrule and then tighten up its compression nut. Leave enough length of the copper line so that it will allow you to slide a good open space when cleaning your refrigerator. You do not want to cut up the copper line because it was too short. Connect the tubing’s other end to the connection of the icemaker to your refrigerator, with the use of the same ferrule and compression nut combination.
When you clean your refrigerator or need some plumbing repairs on your icemaker, you will need to move your refrigerator. Doing this regularly will leave strains on the compression fitting. To avoid this, use one of the refrigerator’s brackets, which is always provided by the manufacturer, or use the one from the icemaker kit in order to bind the fridge to the copper tube. Bend the copper tubing carefully, turning it into a loop or coil.
Before you start your plumbing project, you need to know that it will take at least one to two hours to complete the installation, depending how fast you are. The tools you are going to need are a drill that has a long drill bit, tubing bender, adjustable wrench and a screwdriver. The skills you need are creating simple connections, running and cutting copper tubing and drilling holes. Find a place where the icemaker has easy to access cold water pipe as a source. Materials that you will need in the installation are copper tubing and saddle-tee valve. You can also use a stop valve as an alternative to saddle-tee valve.