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?
If there's a water line, you can see the connection by pulling out the refrigerator and looking behind it. Chances are there's not. Most refrigerators drip a little water and have a drip pan underneath to handle it. Yours may be missing or overflowing the drip pan. It's usually not very expensive to have a line installed. If you're handy, you can do it yourself. (Just don't buy one of those kits for $18.95 - they work, but not for too long.)
05:20PM | 07/05/01
Make sure that the fridge you are thinking of buying has a water filter built in, will cost a little more money but unless you have a whole house water filter you will in a short time wish you had bought the one with the water filter. The ice cubes get a really strange taste and odor. The water supply line to the fridge will get disgusting, brown or green along the length of the line causing the smell and taste problem.
tate16t, I didn't notice at first your statement that you see copper piping behind the frig. The copper pipe that's usually used for ice makers is very small - 1/4 inch diameter, and somewhat flexible. If that's there and the "end" is stopped, then you do have the plumbing in place.
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?
Actually, it sounds like a simple solution to me. Shouldn't be difficult for the plumber to do this. The additional valve is needed so you can shut off the patio water (to protect the pipe from freezing) and still keep the icemaker working. The question is, do you want to spend the $350 to have automatic icemaking for years to come?