Did you use this instructable in your classroom? Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson. Another good alternative would be to use a braided stainless steel line, but they are double the price. Whenever installing plastic pipe with compression fittings such as these, you always want to use plastic ferrules. The ferrule, AKA sleeve or olive, is the part the compresses on to the pipe which makes for a leak free joint. If you use a brass ferrule, you run the chance of it cutting thru the pipe and causing the fitting to leak, this is where most DIYers make a mistake that could potentially lead to a disaster. Another thing to keep in mind is using a brass sleeve inside the pipe.
Although the braided steel is considerably more expensive, the extra strength it provides is well worth the investment. Water leaks can cause significant and very costly damage, so buy the best-quality water supply tube you can.
Locate the fixture shutoff valve on the cold water supply line under the kitchen sink. Close the shutoff valve by turning it clockwise until it stops.
How To Install A Water Line To Your Fridge [Pex & Copper]
If it has a lever-type handle, turn the lever so it is perpendicular to the water pipe. Turn on the cold water at the kitchen faucet to relief pressure in the water line.
Place a rag or small bucket under the supply valve to catch water draining from the supply tube. Disconnect the faucet supply tube from the valve, using two pairs of pliers or two adjustable wrenches.
Use one pair to hold the valve body securely to prevent it from moving.
Use the other pair to loosen the compression nut on the supply tube. Here's how [sources: Family HandymanWhirlpool ].
Shut off the water supply. Locate the cold water source closest to the refrigerator.
Mar 12, When you are setting up your Frigidaire refrigerator in your kitchen for the first time, you must connect a cold water line to your refrigerator using a flexible copper tube. The copper tubing is used as a water line that you can connect to the water inlet valve located on the back of your refrigerator. The water line must be properly connected. With the refrigerator out of its hole, go ahead and proceed to testing. Slowly open up the shutoff valve if you used the "under counter" method to connect it, or in my case, the main water valve and verify to make sure there aren't any leaks on the main water line. Then open up the valve for the fridge connection and do the same thing. Installing a refrigerator water line will open up a well of fresh water and ice that you and your family can easily enjoy. Connecting a water line to your refrigerator will provide it with the water necessary to make ice and dispense filtered water. Of course, if your refrigerator doesn't have an ice maker or water dispenser, or if it has one or both features but you prefer not to use them.
You'll want to use water lines that are already in place if possible, rather than attempting to install new pipes. Drill a hole either through the cabinet wall separating the space under the sink and the refrigerator or in the basement ceiling up to the refrigerator.
Thread copper tubing through the hole you just drilled.
Attach one end of the copper tubing to the refrigerator's water pipe, using a nut and ferrule. If there's already a spot where a T-fitting has been installed, that might be an ideal place to branch out of.
Plan the spot where you're going to break the water line, if necessary, and buy your supplies based on that. You're going to need to measure the length of copper pipe you'll need to connect the refrigerator to the water line.
Attach one end of the copper tubing to the refrigerator's water pipe, using a nut and ferrule. Important: Make sure you leave extra tubing coiled behind the refrigerator, so you can move the refrigerator when necessary. Cut the cold water line under the sink or in the basement and attach a copper T-fitting. Attach a water valve to the T-fitting. Aug 03, A universal water supply kit is available at extra cost from the dealer. The Refrigerator manufacturer recommends using a water supply kit containing copper tubing. To install the water line, follow these steps: 5 Screw the union into the white plastic tube and tighten the compression nut. Do not overtighten the compression nut. Hooking your refrigerator to your water valve is a simple, do-it-yourself project requiring few materials and tools. You'll need quarter-inch copper tubing that measures the length between your wall hookup and the hookup location on the back of your refrigerator, plus about 7 feet (to allow for moving the fridge).
Choose the space that's most convenient to break into the water piping, then measure the length and angles of copper pipe needed. Keep in mind you'll want some extra copper piping to coil behind the refrigerator so that you can pull it out for cleaning without detaching the water connection. In order to create the most appropriate path, you may need to drill through the floor behind the refrigerator or behind drawers and cabinets to trace the copper tubing to a place it will not be disturbed.
Drill holes big enough for the tubing, then connect one end of the copper pipe to the inlet of the refrigerator. Weave the copper pipe through its intended path until you reach the water line. Be sure that the water to the entire home has been shut off before cutting into the line to insert a T-fitting or any other valve.
Dec 10, A refrigerator with an automated ice maker and a built-in water dispenser does absolutely nothing if you do not have a water line to connect to it. Many homes have a refrigerator water supply line.
Once the T-fitting has been reached, make all the desired connections and slowly open the house water valve to check for potential leaks. As long as the right connections have been made, the refrigerator should receive water within a few minutes.