I'm about to purchase a new refrigerator and it's the side by side type with the water and ice system. My current does not have this system. I understand I require a cold water line to run to the refrig in order for the water and ice features to work. My question is, don't all refrigs have water lines run to them already? One problem with my current one besides being very old is it leaks water from the bottom, not from underneath but inside wear the drain is. It often overflows. Were is the water coming from? Does this mean I have a water line already? I do see copper piping run behind the refrig. Can someone clear things up for me?
The water you are seeing/getting is condensation or the end result of a defrost cycle.Normally this water evaporates in a pan at the bottom of the refrige.The only reason you would have water lines to the refrige are for an ice maker or a cold water spout on your refrige door.It is unlikely you would have a water line here unless a previous refrige had it.At any rate,getting a line installed for the new refrige shouldn't be a big problem.By the way,some of the piping in all refrigerators are copper and may be mistaken for plumbing like pipes.
I had a licensed plumber come to my home to look at my situation. The cost would be $350 to have him install the water line needed for the icemaker and dispenser. He said he would tap into the line coming from my outdoor patio line. The line runs along side the refrigerator. He would also need to install another shutoff valve since the outside line connects to my sprinkler system which has it's own valve that is shutoff during the winter. Sounds a bit complicated and I'm not sure if I should let him proceed. It also involves wallboard removal and replacement. What do you think?
You probably should have another person look at it.Since I can't see your house from here,that may be the only alternative,but most connections I've heard of are by homeowners drilling a hole down to the basement and tapping off a cold water pipe which is usually fairly close by.
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