How To Hook Up Ice Maker

How To Hook Up Ice Maker

Hooking up an ice maker to your refrigerator isn’t difficult, but it’s important to do it right in order to avoid damaging your ice maker or your water line. This article will take you through the steps to hook up an ice maker properly so that you can get making ice as soon as possible.

It can also serve as a handy guide if you want to connect an extra ice maker outside of your refrigerator or if you want to upgrade the size of your existing ice maker. By following these nine steps, you’ll be enjoying fresh ice cubes in no time!

Step 1: Turn off Water

Before you do anything, turn off your water supply. Find your main water shut-off valve and turn it clockwise until it stops. Double-check that you’ve turned it off and then make sure no one turns it back on for any reason. This is important; otherwise, you could have a huge mess on your hands!

In case of a leak from your refrigerator, you need to be sure that there’s no chance of making a giant puddle under where ice can fall into.

Step 2: Remove Old Water Line

The water line between your home and your refrigerator’s ice maker is plastic tubing that’s easily cut with a utility knife. Once you’ve disconnected it from both ends, check for cracks or damage that would make it unsuitable for re-use.

If you don’t have enough extra tubing to replace it all at once, remove just enough of it so that there’s not more than one inch of tubing exposed between either side (it should be exposed on only one end). That way you’ll be able to replace any damaged or cracked section at a later date.

Step 3: Add New Shutoff Valve

Then remove your old shutoff valve and replace it with a new one that’s made specifically for installing ice makers. This will allow you to hook up your new ice maker.

If you’re not sure where your water shutoff valve is, you can have it located by calling your local water department or by looking at a past utility bill. As always, turn off both valves before starting any work on your main line.

Step 4: Run New Line and Connect Into Existing System

Plan out where you’ll want your ice maker and begin by drilling a hole into your wall. You can then attach a new line for water connection and feed it through, attaching it to your sink or refrigerator. After that, you can connect it into your existing plumbing system.

To do so, simply follow the directions on whatever specific line fitting you purchased Amazon or Lowe’s (or whatever home improvement store is most convenient for you). Once complete, push some ice cubes through your new line. You just installed an ice maker!

Step 5: Set Thermostat on Appliance

Set your refrigerator’s thermostat so that it is set to maintain a temperature of about 35 degrees F. Your fridge is designed to maintain such a temperature and you want it running at full capacity until you get home from work.

You can test whether or not your fridge has reached its cooling capacity by touching its interior walls. If they feel cool and inviting, you are good to go!

Once everything is all set, turn off and unplug your fridge before heading out for work. Allowing your ice maker to run during non-peak hours will help ensure you have ice waiting for you when you return home after dark. Good luck!

Step 6: Install Drain Line (if needed)

After all of your hoses and pipes are connected, turn your water back on. Now’s also a good time to make sure you have proper drainage. If you don’t have a floor drain, run water into each sink until it comes out clean.

Your ice maker should start producing ice within 48 hours—just make sure it’s set up correctly and following instructions on how much water to use per cycle and how long those cycles last so that you get consistent results with minimal headaches (and without wasting all of your hard-earned money). Enjoy fresh ice!

Step 7: Use Wire Nuts to Connect Parts

You will likely have a number of wire nuts or connectors included with your new refrigerator. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions and connect red wires to red wires, black wires to black wires, and ground cables to ground cables.

Do not cross connect them; otherwise, it could cause a fire or electric shock. If you run into trouble at any point along these steps, don’t hesitate to contact a qualified appliance technician for help!

If you are comfortable tackling some home repair projects yourself – such as installing carpeting or painting a room – then chances are you can install an ice maker yourself.

Step 8: Turn Water Back On

After installing a new icemaker, it’s time to turn your water back on. Here are some simple instructions: Turn on your main water valve. Then make sure you don’t have any leaks by checking all your connections one more time.

If there aren’t any leaks, turn on each faucet in your home one at a time and let them run for about 5 minutes each.

This will drain out all of the air from your lines and prevent any future issues with water pressure and ice cubes that break apart too easily. Now that everything is hooked up, it’s finally time to enjoy fresh ice!

Step 9: Test Out Your New Water Line

An ice maker is a convenient addition to any restaurant or bar. Having a commercial ice maker allows you to offer chilled beverages that are made with cold water and crushed ice, rather than warm tap water and cubed cubes.

Final Word

No matter where you live, it’s always a good idea to have ice on hand. But some people don’t just want ice on hand; they want it right now. So if you’re one of those people, how do you go about getting your own personal ice machine? It can be done, with relative ease and cost effectiveness too!

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I'm Devin. I'm a wine enthusiast, researcher, and writer. I love to write about various topics during my free time, but when I'm not working you can find me traveling the world or reading, watching movies, or swimming.

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