I recently had to disconnect my refrigerator’s water line to add new plumbing in my kitchen. The problem was that the ice maker connected to this water line, so I had to be careful not to accidentally cut the tube while trying to disconnect it.
If you find yourself with a similar situation and are confused on how to handle it, then don’t worry. I’ve got some tips on how to disconnect your ice maker’s water line with minimal difficulty and keep your ice maker intact so you can reconnect it when you’re done.
Step 1: Turn off power
Shut off power to your ice maker. This can be done by turning off a circuit breaker or unplugging an outlet. It is best to use a circuit breaker because you only need to flip one switch in order to turn off all power for that room, and since it isn’t permanently wired in, it will make reconnecting everything much easier.
If you are using an outlet, make sure you are using a GFCI outlet so if any water spills onto the wire and down into your walls there will be some protection from electrocution.
Step 2: Open the freezer and remove ice maker
After turning off your water and power, locate your ice maker on top of or behind your refrigerator. Open the freezer door and unscrew and remove any screws holding it in place. Pull out your ice maker—it may be on a little stand, but usually you can just grab it from behind with both hands.
Unscrew its tubing from your faucet if there’s any attached. Discard it as you would any broken appliance parts: put them in a garbage bag for disposal later that week by taking them to a designated dumpster area at home or work.
Step 3: Remove water line
After you have drained out all of your water and have reattached your drain hose, reconnect everything, except for your electrical power. This is where I like to freeze a bowl of ice on top of my fridge in order to bleed all the air out.
If you are not going to get a bowl of ice from somewhere else, then put water from your faucet into a gallon-sized ziplock bag and squeeze it as hard as you can for about 5 minutes until its frozen solid. This will work just as well if you don’t want to go buy a bunch of ice cubes or water bottles.
Step 4: Fill line with hot water
First, fill a bucket with hot water and pour it into your ice maker’s water line. After a minute or two, try pressing down on your ice maker lever again. If you have a lot of leakage coming from around your line connections, tighten them again in small increments and then try pressing down on your ice maker lever again.
If that doesn’t work, repeat step 3 again. But if no more leaks occur when you press down on your ice maker lever (meaning all leaks have been sealed), then stop doing that for now and move onto step 5 below!
Step 5: Attach new line
At the back of your refrigerator, find the valve that controls your water line. Attach a new line to it that will connect you directly to your shut-off valve in your wall. Buy tubing with a female adapter at one end (the side closest to your fridge) and a male adapter on other end (the side closest to your shut-off valve).
Slide both ends onto each fitting, then twist them clockwise as tight as you can by hand. Don’t worry if they’re not completely tight; you’ll finish tightening them later with pliers.
Make sure that when you attach new line it is exactly opposite of old line, so they don’t accidentally cross over during installation process. Test: You’ve successfully disconnected ice maker water line!
Step 6: Close up the freezer
Re-attach your freezer door, plug in your ice maker and turn it on. Open a few faucets and pour water down into your overflow tray (you may have to empty it if you get too much water). Congratulations! You’ve successfully installed an icemaker!
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Step 7: Reconnect power
Plug in your appliance’s power cord, then twist it clockwise until it’s tightly attached. After you turn on your home’s circuit breaker, your device should start making ice again. If you still don’t hear anything, inspect your unit’s electrical connections and wiring.
Step 8. Enjoy ice
it’s that easy! If you get stuck, try using a lighter and flame: it may be possible to melt your ice maker’s tubing without removing it. However, by trying any of these techniques you accept responsibility for any damages that result from your actions.
It’s always a good idea to turn off your water supply and/or disconnect power first before trying anything, in case something goes wrong. So now you know how easy it is to disconnect an ice maker water line—who knew?