Replace Saddle Valve

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Old 08-25-20, 07:59 AM
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Replace Saddle Valve

I recently purchased a new refrigerator that has an ice machine. My house has a saddle valve connecting the water line to the refrigerator.

I am not getting enough water pressure for the ice machine, and I understand that saddle valves are prone to leaking/failure so want to replace it.

What would you suggest for replacing? Soldering a T with some sort of valve? I've read about push fittings (Home Depot carries Sharkbite), but I see mixed thoughts on those.

Would appreciate your thoughts and what parts you suggest. I've never soldered before but have someone that can show me the ropes.

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09-08-20, 06:59 AM
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I ended up using a Sharkbite fitting. Installed it over the weekend and so far it is working great!
 
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Old 08-25-20, 09:36 AM
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Please post a picture of where the valve is now for better suggestions.
We have no idea if it's one just tapped into a line under the sink, or tapped into a main line some place.
And your right saddle valves often are trouble and should be replaced.
 
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Old 08-25-20, 09:41 AM
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I don't know where your current saddle valve is located. I would install a T. Personally I don't like Shark Bite style fittings and prefer sweated or crimped. I would install a shutoff valve behind the fridge and make the transition there to the ice maker flex line.
 
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Old 08-25-20, 11:09 AM
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The problem with a valve behind the fridge is accessibility. Assuming there is a basement, locate the valve there just below where the line goes through the floor. Most likely you'll want the valve or tee fitting were the current saddle valve is. You'll need to remove it so why not replace it at that point? Why bother making new joints? And Sharkbite fittings is especially good for that application. Once it's on you'll most likely never need to touch it. But you can if need be.
 
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Thanks for the suggestion on the photo.

Here is the current saddle valve. It is in the basement near the refrigerator. I already have a hole through the floor for the water line to the refrigerator.

The valve is attached to a water line carrying water through the house.

Thanks again for your advice.





 
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Old 08-25-20, 04:29 PM
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I have almost the same set up. I put 1/4 turn Shark bite. Quick easy and done
 
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Old 08-25-20, 04:46 PM
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Personally I'd turn the shutoff all the way closed, disconnect the braided line and then hold a bucket and turn the valve all the way open and see what kind of pressure you've got.
 
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Norm,

Did you add a Sharkbite Tee and then the shutoff valve? Wondering how you set yours up.

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Old 09-02-20, 08:13 AM
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Mine happened to be at the end of the line. So I just had to connect a valve at the end. Straight or right angle, made no difference.
 
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I ended up using a Sharkbite fitting. Installed it over the weekend and so far it is working great!
 
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