How to Install a Refrigerator Ice Maker


High-tech refrigerators have made ice cube trays all but obsolete. We have grown accustomed to ice on demand with the push of a button. Typically the installation of an ice maker is not part of the purchase price. This leaves you with two options: You can pay a contractor an astronomical hourly wage to make your ice maker operational, or you can take on the project yourself. Installing an ice maker is a relatively easy job with the right tools and an hour of extra time.

Things You'll Need

  • Compression nuts PVC hose 1/4-inch copper tubing Pipe clamp Shut-off valve Packing nut Latex tape Small plumber's wrench Drill and bit Screw driver
  • Locate the water connections on the back of your refrigerator

  • Attach the PVC hose to the water connection. Put a compression nut over the connection and tighten the bolt. Wrap the connection with latex tape.

  • Determine the location of the cold water pipe closest to your refrigerator. Turn off the cold water.

  • Tighten a pipe clamp around the cold water pipe and attach a packing nut to the clamp.

  • Turn the packing nut until it taps into the copper cold water pipe.

  • Attach copper tubing to the valve located on the side of the packing nut. Use a compression nut to make the connection and wrap with latex tape.

  • Use a drill with a drill l bit just larger than the copper tubing, to drill through the floor directly under the refrigerator. Run the copper tube through hole.

  • Attach the free end of the PVC tubing that is connected to your refrigerator to the the copper tubing. Use a a compression nut to make this connection and wrap with latex tape.

  • Turn on both the cold water supply and the packing nut shut-off valve.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your home has a basement, check on the ceiling directly under the refrigerator for the cold water pipe. Be sure the valve on the packing nut is in the off position. Ensure that all debris is out of the tubing lines by disposing of the first few batches of ice from your ice maker.

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