How to Install an Ice Maker Water Line

What You'll Need
Copper tubing

Installing an ice maker water line takes just a few steps. Sooner than you know it, you will be able to throw out those old ice cube trays, and conveniently get ice right from your fridge.

Follow the steps below to ensure that your water line for your new ice maker is installed correctly.

Step 1 - Shut It Down

The first thing you will want to do is shut your refrigerator off. Then locate your main water valve and turn it until it is fully shut off as well.

Turn on a faucet in the house to let any water in the lines drain out. After all water is drained out, you can move onto the next step.

Step 2 - Move the Refrigerator

Take your fridge and move it forward to gain access to the back floor area. Take your drill and drill a hole into the wall large enough to fit your copper tubing through.

You will be inserting the copper tubing into this hole, so make sure that it is large enough to fit the size of the tubing. However, there is no need for it to be much larger than the tubing circumference.

Step 3 - Run the Tubing Into the Basement

Make sure that you will be able to run the tubing down within the wall to the basement uninterrupted with a fish tape. Take your copper tubing and push it through your newly drilled hole behind your refrigerator. It should be threaded through enough so you are able to grab a hold of it and pull when you go downstairs.

you will want to make sure there is enough excess copper tubing left behind the refrigerator, coiled up still, that way there is no chance of pulling it out of place when working with it.

Step 4 - Grab the Tubing

Now you can take a trip downstairs to grab your copper tubing that you have just pushed through from upstairs. Take the copper tubing and pull it so that it meets the main water line downstairs.

Step 5 - Attach the Pipes

You can now take the end of your copper tubing, and connect it to the water pipe for the refrigerator. Make sure, once again that there is enough excess of tubing that it doesn't pull when you are connecting it.

The best idea is to gain the help of a family member or friend who can be upstairs guiding you through, making sure all is well on that end.

Step 6 - Drill Hole in Water Pipe

Locate your cold water pipe, and make a hole about one fourth inch by using your drill. This hole is made for the copper tubing to be inserted into.

Step 7 - Attach Valve

Now you can attach the valve to the pipe. You will want to make sure you create a seal between the valves and the main water pipe by using a gasket.

Step 8 - Clamp the Copper Tubing

Now all that needs to be done is connecting the copper tubing using your clamp.

There you have it. Out with the ice cube trays, and in with convenience. Good job.