The convenience of a constant cold water supply and an ice cube maker has meant more people investing in a fridge that has these facilities built in. If you are one of these people, you may decide to fit the fridges water supply yourself. And though not a massive, complicated job, you will need some pointers on fitting the water supply to the fridges water and ice dispenser. Here you will find some help on how to connect the fridge’s water and ice dispenser.
Connection to the Water Supply
The most important decision you will face with this job is how to connect into your water supply. The 3 possible choices are a soldered T joint, a compression-fit T joint or a saddle joint. The saddle joint is the easiest, as it simply clamps on to your current supply and tuning the valve all the way in cuts into the supply pipe. This may be the easiest way, but unfortunately it is also the least efficient. The next option is the compression joint, and is much more efficient. After turning off the water supply to the pipe, cut out enough tubing to fit the T joint into, fit the nuts and olives to the pipes and secure (do not over tighten). A short length of pipe (3 or 4 inches) fitted to the T joint should then end in a compression stop valve. The third choice is without doubt the one that plumbers would choose, and it is soldering the joints. Though many people would rather not be using a torch under their sink (or other appropriate place) the joints are generally more secure and longer lasting. The process is the same as for compression joints, but you will be heating the joints instead of tightening nuts.
You should plan your pipe route before any fitting is started; as this will help you foresee any problems. You will probably need to drill a hole through at least one cabinet, and the hole will need to be ½ inch. You need to ensure that your run has no sharp bends, and you should try to have the pipe fitted out of the way of possible mishaps.
Though some packages you can buy from DIY stores have plastic or tuber tubing, you should only really consider fitting ¼ inch flexible copper tubing to the fridge. It will not perish after time, and it is much stronger and durable. You will need to ensure that you have 6 feet of excess piping behind your fridge so that you can move it if necessary, and it will need to be flushed through before use. The connections to fit the flexible piping are usually supplied, but it is easy enough to buy them when you pick up your pipe itself. Fitting is easy, and works the same as any compression fit connection. Again, you must remember not to over tighten.
Running Your Pipe
Start at the fridge end of your run, and loop approximately 6 feet of pipe behind the fridge, now run your pipe to the connection point, going through the holes in your cabinets. Next, you need to fit the end to the stop valve as described earlier. Working back from the stop valve, you should attach the ¼ inch tubing to the cabinets every 2 feet with some nylon pipe fixtures until you reach the fridge. Leave the excess tubing loose behind the fridge, but connect it to the fridge itself.
Once you have completed these stages you should turn your supply back on and check for leaks. Assuming everything is in order, you can now put your fridge back into position, and look forward to constant cold water and ice cubes.