Here is a step-by-step water line installation refrigerator guide. A new refrigerator with a water dispenser and ice maker needs to be hooked up to a COLD water line. Usually behind where a refrigerator is installed, there will be a water valve that you can use to hook cold water to your fridge. If there is no water valve behind your fridge, you will have to run a water line to the closest cold water pipe to get your refrigerator access to water.
How to Install a Water Line for a Refrigerator Ice Maker
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How To Install A Water Line To Your Refrigerator – Easy Step-By-Step Installation
A Whirlpool refrigerator with an ice maker and water dispenser comes equipped with a dual inlet valve that allows water to feed from the supply line to the appliance. The water dispenser side of the valve opens when you depress the water lever in the door of the refrigerator. The ice maker side of the valve opens at the beginning of the ice-making cycle to fill the ice tray. If your refrigerator fails to make ice, dispense water or begins to leak water from the rear of the appliance, the ice and water valve needs replacing. Pull your Whirlpool refrigerator far enough away from the wall so you can unplug the appliance and access the water supply line.
Refrigerators with automatic ice makers are a great convenience, especially on a hot day. However, there is nothing automatic about getting a water line hooked up to the ice maker. If you are lucky, there will be a hookup in your kitchen wall near the refrigerator. If not, you will need to run a line to the nearest cold water pipe, which is probably in the floor below your kitchen. An hour project of drilling and running flexible hose is well worth the pleasure of ice on demand.