How To Install Ice Maker Kit

How To Install Ice Maker Kit

If you’re still buying bags of ice, then you need to install an ice maker kit in your freezer. It’s actually incredibly easy to do, and all it takes are a few basic tools, so you won’t have to spend any money hiring someone else to do it for you (although if you want some hands-on help with the process, check out this list of ice maker installation services).

In the article below, we’ll give you 9 steps to installing an ice maker kit into your freezer. Follow these tips and you can have bagless ice in no time!

Preparing before Installation

Before you install your ice maker kit, make sure you have all of your supplies. Be sure that you are familiar with each part and how it functions before beginning your installation.

Read through these instructions several times or view them on a computer so that they will be fresh in your mind while you work. Before installing any type of appliance in your home, always read through all instructions thoroughly, unpack all materials, and ensure that all parts are accounted for.

During installation, if you feel confused about a step or think something is unsafe, do not proceed until it is resolved. In some cases, people who try to get creative and wing it can actually cause more damage than good.

Step 1. Determine your water source

If you have a well, your ice maker will likely be hooked up to an air compressor. This means that when water is drained from your home, it’s also leaving air.

You can check for leaks easily by turning off all faucets in your home and seeing if there are any puddles forming on your floor or water bubbling out of exposed plumbing fixtures. If you find leaks, fix them before proceeding. If not, continue on to step 2.

If you don’t have a well but do have city water, you should use a 3⁄4-inch insulated water line rather than 3⁄4-inch copper tubing because city water isn’t airtight and may require anti-freeze additives during cold weather months.

Step 2. Leveling the Unit

The first step in installing your kit is leveling it with your kitchen counter. With most of these devices, you will have a few feet of space underneath for storing ice. Usually, a level screw or nail will be included in your kit.

All you have to do is lift up one end until you hear it lock into place and then repeat for the other side of your device.

Once everything has been properly leveled, fasten down all four corners with screws that came in your kit’s hardware bag. You should check that all screws are firmly secured by pulling on them before moving onto Step 3 below.

Step 3. Wiring it up

Attach your new control box to your wall, using a level and marking off where you need holes for screws. Drill pilot holes for them, then attach it with drywall screws or anchor bolts.

Once that’s done, run your wiring harness through it and screw on or bolt down your power receptacle. Make sure they are level with each other by measuring from their centers.

Step 4. Connecting Water Supply Line

Before you put your ice maker into place, make sure that your water supply line is attached and ready. Locate where you want to place your new kitchen appliance and mark two spots with a pencil (one for water inlet and one for water outlet).

Insert a 1⁄2 inch drill bit into a power drill, apply lubricating oil on its tip, then slowly drill holes into both places you marked. Push tubing gently through each hole and connect them by twisting their ends together.

Wrap them with Teflon tape if needed then tighten nut firmly; check if there are leaks by pouring water from a glass into inlet connector; any leaks will show up immediately so fix them as soon as possible before installing other parts of ice maker kit.

Step 5. Cold Water Inlet Valve

Cut a piece of 3/4 inch copper tubing about 30 inches long. A hacksaw will work fine, but you can use wire cutters or snips as well. Push one end of the tube into your ice maker’s drain hose, then crimp it shut with pliers.

If your drain tube came with hose clamps and a bracket, attach them now using screwdrivers.

Step 6. Drain Tube

The final step of your ice maker installation is attaching a drain tube to your freezer’s drain pipe. This will divert overflow from your ice tray into a plastic or stainless steel tub or bucket. It is important that you keep your tub up and out of reach of small children, because if they should fall in, it can be extremely dangerous.

Never leave them unattended around water, especially if they are unsupervised and within reach of a tub full of water. Remember: any time you install an appliance, wear old clothes (so they don’t get damaged), make sure your hands are clean, and wear safety goggles so that you don’t cut yourself on metal edges or sharp parts.

Step 7. Electrical Hook-Up

Before you can make ice, you need power. Because many homes are older, you may not have a dedicated circuit for your new icemaker. If that’s the case, we recommend hiring a licensed electrician to run a line from your panel or fuse box outside or in your basement or garage.

Once that’s complete, connect all of the wiring between your refrigerator and its water dispenser to its own circuit so there are no other appliances sharing that electrical load.

Typically, if another appliance is on that same circuit as your icemaker (like a refrigerator), it will overload and trip (or blow) a fuse when it runs at full capacity—which can happen pretty quickly if you’re making tons of ice with your new system!

Step 8. Faucet and Tubing Connection

Connecting your faucet and tubing is just like connecting two garden hoses together. Insert one end of your pipe into your faucet and then wrap Teflon tape around it in a clockwise direction. Do not over-tighten.

Once that’s complete, attach your ice maker head to the other end of your pipe and tighten accordingly. The tubing for both sections should be about 12 inches long but will vary depending on manufacturer instructions.

Push or hammer it down into place until it sits flush with your cabinets if you’re installing in a kitchen cabinet, or out of sight below countertops if you’re installing under-counter or inside a bar cabinet.

Final Word

If you’re installing a new ice maker for your kitchen, follow these nine easy steps: 1. Read The Manual: Even if you’ve installed other types of appliances before, it’s critical that you take time to read through your manual and know exactly how everything should be set up.

Since ice makers aren’t like most appliances, there are some intricacies that could cause serious problems later on if they aren’t properly set up during installation. Having clear guidelines in place before even touching your machine will make sure you get it right the first time! 2.

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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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