Help Installing Supply Line for Ice Maker

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Old 07-09-07, 07:33 PM
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Help Installing Supply Line for Ice Maker

I'll be soon getting a new refridgerator and I want to be able to use the ice maker that it comes with. The problem is that I don't have a supply line for the ice maker. I checked some of the ice maker kits and they all seem to come with the saddle connection which I heard is no the best to use and I'm not sure if I have the space to use it. Once I have the fitting, running a copper line will not be a problem, I don't think. I'll just run it along the back of the cabinet. I live in a condo, so I don't have the option to run it from above or below.

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http://mcclendonsplace.com/images/kitchen_plumbing.jpg

Cold Valve Side
http://mcclendonsplace.com/images/cold_valve.jpg

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I suggest that you use a pre-made braided stainless steel hose assembly for the icemaker supply. They are relatively inexpensive ($10-15) and much easier than making your own from copper tubing.

Adapt the hose to the outlet of your cold water shut-off valve. You will need a tee, preferably with a reverse compression on one connection but that may be difficult to find, so a regular brass pipe tee with three appropriately sized compression fittings and a "coupler" made from a short piece of copper with compression nuts and ferrules.
 
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When you say adapt the hose are you talking about the flex tubing that goes to the acutal tubing. If so, I think I understand.

1) Shut off cold water supply under sink
2) Disconnect the end that goes to the faucet (leave end to valve connected)
3) Connect a brass tee
4) Connect one end of tee back to facuet with new flex tubing
5) Connect other end of tee for water supply to ice maker

I'm not sure what the coupler would be used for.
 
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I had one more question before I do this. If I run the copper tubing that comes with the ice maker kits (I'll need about 20' - 25') can I run it behind the stove/oven safely. The reason is that my stove and refrigerator are on the same wall and I will have to pass my stove to get to the refrigerator. My plan was to run the copper tubing from under the sink through the back of the cabinets. Once I make the turn I would drop it down to the baseboard and continue to run it until I get to the refrigerator to make the connection.

I checked behind my stove and there is a gap down by the floor. Although the stove is pushed against the wall, the bottom back portion of the stove where the gas line connects is somewhat hollow.

I just wanted to make sure that there would be no heat concerns with the tubing behind the stove. I'm in a condo, so no access above or below.

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You should be fine.
 
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Re: Your Ice maker install...

I believe I'm attemtping the same project you were last year. Looking at your pics I have the same setup under my sink and like yourself I am in a condo with no other options available. Are you able to use the saddle valve on the flex? Is the horizontal copper line, going to a dishwasher, a hot water line?
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I'll be soon getting a new refridgerator and I want to be able to use the ice maker that it comes with. The problem is that I don't have a supply line for the ice maker. I checked some of the ice maker kits and they all seem to come with the saddle connection which I heard is no the best to use and I'm not sure if I have the space to use it. Once I have the fitting, running a copper line will not be a problem, I don't think. I'll just run it along the back of the cabinet. I live in a condo, so I don't have the option to run it from above or below.

Hot and Cold valves
http://mcclendonsplace.com/images/kitchen_plumbing.jpg

Cold Valve Side
http://mcclendonsplace.com/images/cold_valve.jpg

If you need to see different angles, let me know, I can take different pictures.
 
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