How to Hook Up Your Refrigerator Ice Maker - Quick Start In this chapter we will cover how to hook up your ice maker to the cold water line beneath your sink. Hard version: Find a used compressor. This way you can refill it in large quantities at once, rather than tray by tray. Used a pair of pliers for a little more torque than what I could get with my fingers. Push-to-Connect Angle Stop Valve, a 10 ft. Rated 5 out of 5 by Skip from Worth the extra cost - Easy to install.Next
We are exclusively for plumbing questions. I used about 8 inches of the line they supplied, then connected the 25 ft. Put the fridge back in the opening and turn the water back on. An hour project of drilling and running flexible hose is well worth the pleasure of ice on demand. The valve is sold in pieces that bolt together to form a clamping device that straddles a water line like a saddle on a horse. As you can see in my picture, I had to add an extra elbow connection to get this to work.Next
Almost as bad as the argument that filling up your car in the morning with gas will give you better yields as opposed to filling it up in the evening. To get the ice maker running, you must hook up a special type of hose from the refrigerator connection to a water source. Otherwise, the ice maker should start dispensing ice as soon as the water freezes. Mine was hard to turn open after installation. The simple solution, of course, is to just use ice cube trays, but I would really like it to be constantly producing ice not have to rely on coworkers to refill the trays. Water on, purged air from the line s. I'm here to tell you that this is probably one of the simplest plumbing job you will ever have to do.Next
It is fed by a small tube that runs up the back of the refrigerator to an inlet valve. Find the opening in the back of the fridge to receive the copper tubing and screw it into place. My thought is to get a 1-2 gallon container, and hook the water line into the bottom and then set it on top of the fridge. Most people don't have any idea about how to hook up an ice maker on a refrigerator. Now the refrigerator is connected. The icemaker only uses 4 ounces of water to fill the tray.
Be sure to put a gasket seal between the valve and the T-fitting. The greater the temperature difference the faster the rate of heat exchange. It is called the Mpemba effect. It's good to have a shut off valve in case you ever have to disconnect the water line from your refrigerator for service, you will be able to shut off the water to your refrigerator only and not the entire house. They can even be rotated after assembly for easier installation in tight spaces. Richard replaced the plastic tubing for copper tubing, and instead of using a saddle valve, he connected it to the cold water line using a compression connection with a multi turn valve, which he soldered into the cold water pipe using a T fitting.Next
Avoid using the bottom of the pipe, as this may draw sediment into the ice maker. Find your water supply lines beneath your sink. A refrigerator with an automated ice maker and a built-in water dispenser does absolutely nothing if you do not have a water line to connect to it. Easy version: Set regulator of the compressor to 50psi, connect hose directly to barbs of gas in port of the keg. How do I connect to the existing supply line? Let take a look at what these look like.Next
Seriously, if you replace a saddle style fitting with this you would be happy to pay more! For most models, it takes at least an hour before the ice maker cranks into action and starts to spit out ice cubes. This will control the water flow and water pressure to the refrigerator. Just insert the pipe and the stainless steel teeth bite down and grip tight, while a specially formulated O-ring compresses to create a perfect seal. Does anybody see any potential problems with setting up something like this? But once you've bought a refrigerator with a cold water dispenser and automatic ice maker, you'll still need a way to get water into it. These articles are based on our experience in the business.Next
Another source I saw said that it will make the ice cubes clear as opposed to cloudy. Refrigerators with automatic ice makers are a great convenience, especially on a hot day. For detailed explanation of this do searches on water quality, anode rods, iron bacteria, etc. Is your filter due for a change? Wrap this connection called a water coupling with latex tape as an added measure of security to prevent leaks. I needed about 20 feet, so I bought a 25 foot vinyl line.Next
I noticed that I had a lot of air in my water line that dispenses water in the front of my refridgerator and removed the filter and held the dispensor down until all air was gone. Most people I have talked to says to hook it to cold line. Rated 5 out of 5 by Sfreez from Awesome waterline freezer kit I bought a mid size fridge with an ice maker for my garage and bought this Shark Bite ice maker water line kit to hook it up. The connection to the existing supply line is made with a saddle valve. Remember that this is a very basic quick installation to get you started.