Installing an Icemaker


Most new refrigerators have icemakers, but installation is typically an added expense. If you are retrofitting an icemaker to an older fridge, you will need to tap into a cold water line to supply the icemaker. In either case, doing it yourself is not difficult, as long as you work carefully with the copper tubing. If any kinks develop, don't try to fix them -- cut them off or use a new piece of tubing.

For fresher-tasting ice, install a water filter and run the icemaker line through it. As an alternative to the saddle-tee valve shown in these steps, you can install a new stop valve or a stop valve with two outlets.

Prestart Checklist

An hour or two for most installations

Drill with long drill bit, screwdriver, adjustable wrench, tubing bender

Drilling holes, cutting and running copper tubing, making simple connections

Locate a nearby cold water pipe to tap

Copper tubing, saddle-tee valve

Step 1

Behind the refrigerator drill a hole through the floor to a basement or crawlspace, or drill a horizontal hole to reach another room. Carefully unroll copper tubing and run it through the hole.

Step 2

Install a saddle-tee valve on a cold water pipe and hook the copper line to it by slipping on a ferrule and tightening a compression nut.

Step 3

Leave enough slack in the copper line to allow you to slide out the refrigerator for cleaning. Connect the other end of the tubing to the icemaker connection on the refrigerator, using the same combination of a compression nut and a ferrule.

Step 4

Moving the refrigerator for cleaning strains the compression fitting. Use one of the brackets provided with the refrigerator or the icemaker kit to firmly attach the copper tube to the fridge. Carefully bend the tubing into a coil as shown.

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