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martin26

04:03AM | 03/06/03
Member Since: 03/05/03
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Several years back our icemaker started leaking and it damaged the wood sub-floor before we knew about the leak. We turned off the icemaker, but have now bought a new icemaker and would like to hook it hoop. Naturally, we are worried. The insurance man said it was the copper tubing, but I am getting indications that this is the best way to install. In addition, he said we should install a funnel below the valve in the wall to catch any drips. I do see how this would help if we do not have an adequate drain down through the wall to the crawl space. In addition, I am do not think that the drip did not originate at the valve, since the wall behind the refrigerator was never damaged. Any ideas on the best way to avoid another leak aside from watching very closely what the installers are doing.

DanO

08:25AM | 03/07/03
Member Since: 11/11/02
2274 lifetime posts
** The insurance man said it was the copper tubing, but I am getting indications that this is the best way to install. **

I agree. Copper tubing supply is the best material to use except if you have a reverse osmosis water filter then plastic tubing should be used.

You can use "refrigeration grade" copper tubing instead of what is usually sold in installation kits. It has slightly thicker walls and will generally withstand the strain of moving the fridge in and out better.

Neither should drip however if installed properly, provided strain in not put on the connections when moving the appliance for cleaning. Usually a large coil of tubing is left behind the fridge which acts like a Slinky when pulling the fridge out so strain is avoided on the connections.

** The insurance man said it was the copper tubing, but I am getting indications that this is the best way to install. In addition, he said we should install a funnel below the valve in the wall to catch any drips. **

I've never seen such an installation used on a refrigerator. If installed correctly, there should be no drips.

** Any ideas on the best way to avoid another leak aside from watching very closely what the installers are doing. **

I don't know about avoiding a drip but if you put something beneath the refrigerator (linoleum sheet, Formica, etc.) you may visually see any water leakage before it can damage a wood floor that is beneath.

JMO

Dan O.
www.Appliance411.com
The Appliance Information Site

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[This message has been edited by DanO (edited March 07, 2003).]

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