Maintaining a home is expensive, especially here in Oklahoma City, OK. Doesn’t it make sense to try to save money on your home maintenance by trying a little DIY where you can to cut costs? Have you ever tried to do any DIY on your kitchen plumbing?
There are some jobs that you absolutely need to leave to the professionals, but connecting your water dispenser and ice maker in your fridge is something that a novice handyman can succeed at by following the steps.
Here is what you need to know.
Hooking up the Water Dispenser
Connecting the water dispenser and the ice maker start essentially in the same way: with connecting the water supply line. To start, you need to turn the water off and unplug the fridge. Find your cold water source, which is usually under the sink. If you can’t go to the sink, you may have to head to the basement.
Once you’ve identified the cold water pipe, attach the valve that came with your installation kit. Either drill small holes in the floor (if you are sourcing from the basement) or through the cabinetry (if using kitchen sink) for the tubing to pipe through.
Attach one end of the tubing to the valve. Turn the water back on, but don’t actually attach to the fridge just yet. Let the water fill and drain into a bucket to get rid of the impure water. After this is completed, connect the hose to the water dispensing valve on the fridge. Activate the water dispenser, and you are good to go.
Hooking up the Ice Maker
Basically, follow the same steps to connect to your home’s cold water supply, but attach the hose to the ice maker valve. Turn the ice maker to on and discard the first few batches of ice cubes.
With both the ice maker and the water dispenser be very sure to leave a lot of tubing (at least three coil’s worth) behind the fridge; you don’t want the tube to disconnect every time you pull the fridge out to clean.
Call for Professional Help
While we are completely confident that you can tackle this job on your own, don’t be shy to ask for help.
Perhaps you are short on time, or your kitchen plumbing presents some unique challenges. Either way, help is only a phone call away.
Did you know that you should let a brand new fridge sit for 24 hours before you plug it in after it has been delivered? The Freon has to settle and may have moved during delivery. Do it any sooner and you may actually damage the fridge.