An ice maker outlet box is the box where your ice maker (also known as an icemaker) goes, if you have one in your home or business kitchen. You can also install this kind of box to make your own ice if you don’t want to buy an icemaker from the store.
There are nine steps to installing an ice maker outlet box, which vary depending on whether you’re working with a new home or doing the job in an existing home. Let’s take a look at both scenarios below, and learn about all nine steps in more detail along the way!
1) Tools you will need
It’s important to have all of your tools on hand and ready to go before you start installing your new appliance. Here is a basic list of what you will need: Electrical tape, Wire Cutters/Strippers, Screwdrivers, Wrench, Crimper or Pliers.
You may also want to pick up a bucket and wire brush while you are at your local hardware store. Having these things on hand will save you time later in installation. It is also good practice when using electrical appliances that they be installed by a licensed professional.
2) Turn off the power
Before you begin, turn off your water source and ensure that there is no electrical power running to your ice maker. If you have any doubts about whether or not power is still running, disconnect your appliance from its electrical source immediately.
Get help: If you need help installing your ice maker outlet box, enlist a professional. They’ll be able to put it in for you quickly and securely. The last thing you want is for your new kitchen appliance failing because of shoddy workmanship or poor planning on your part!
Level it: Make sure that when you install your outlet box, it’s level with all adjacent countertops or cabinetry if possible. This will make installing any appliances much easier and will make sure they look nice while they’re in use!
3) Unscrew the wall plate
One of your first steps is to unscrew and remove any wall plate that’s covering up where you’ll be putting your ice maker outlet box. Just make sure you don’t lose those screws! You can use a sticky note or piece of electrical tape on your drill bit to mark where they go, if needed.
This is also when you want to make sure there aren’t any wires in your way—you don’t want them getting caught up as you put in your new outlet box! You can use an eye hook and some fishing line to clear out whatever isn’t connected properly.
4) Remove the water line (if you have one)
To prepare for your ice maker installation, you’ll need to get rid of a water line if you have one. If it’s a frost-free model, then you can easily run a new supply line when installation is finished and hooked up. If not, however, you will have to make sure that there is no water coming out of your faucet prior to starting.
Do note that if running new lines isn’t feasible for whatever reason, then you can hook up your unit without having a supply line in place; just make sure that it doesn’t drip or leak onto anything else in your home!
5) Cut out a hole in the wall
Use a tape measure to determine where you want your ice maker. As with any electrical project, it’s important to check for exposed wires, gas lines and other obstacles before making any cuts. Once you have your spot picked out, use a drill or saw to cut out a hole that’s slightly larger than your outlet box.
The size of each outlet box varies depending on what brand of ice maker you have. Most are rectangular boxes that measure 3-inches wide by 6-inches long; however, some models will require an oval box.
Read your owner’s manual before purchasing an outlet box if there is any question about what size you need; these supplies can be found at most hardware stores and home centers.
6) Check your measurements, mark and drill hole
Installing an ice maker outlet box is a simple, affordable project for homeowners. Professional installation costs around $500, but you can do it yourself for about $150 in materials.
Remember that if you live in a historic home with copper pipes, you need to seek out special connectors that are approved for your area’s drinking water lines. A plumber can help guide you toward reputable contractors and suppliers in your area.
7) Attach box, tighten bolts & connect water line if needed
First, you need to attach your ice maker outlet box. Then, if needed, attach a water line from your refrigerator icemaker or a water supply line that’s already installed in your home.
Once you’ve got it all connected, tighten up your bolts and make sure everything is leak-free. With these instructions, you’ll have no trouble installing your new ice maker outlet box on schedule!
8) Turn on Power (make sure to check for leaks!)
If you don’t know what you are doing when it comes to installing a refrigerator, but want your kitchen appliances up and running quickly, contact a local home improvement store.
These professionals will get you set up with everything you need—and they can also tell you how much electricity that little refrigerator of yours is going to cost on your next power bill.
Once it’s plugged in, there is no getting around refrigeration physics: In order for ice cubes or cold drinks or beer (or anything else) to stay cold, something else has got to get hot.
9) Fill with ice! (for some reason I always forget this part…)
Whether you’ve got a brand new ice maker or your existing ice maker is starting to act up, if your machine doesn’t have a built-in water line you’re going to need to install one. Ice makers produce lots of cubes in short bursts and it’s not practical for you to keep refilling them on a daily basis.
You can, however, fill them from time-to-time and use a hose that runs from your kitchen sink drain or faucet (depending on where your dishwasher is located) and into your ice cube maker. It’s easy enough for most DIYers—if you’ve installed a garbage disposal, there’s no reason why you can’t install one of these!
Don’t rush through these steps. Even if you don’t think you need all of them, take them anyway. If you’re using metal boxes, you can skip step three; otherwise, follow along carefully. Consider any instructions that came with your kit before proceeding and let common sense be your guide.
Oh, and have a helper on hand. This isn’t something that should be done alone—trust us on that one! Have fun and make sure everything is done according to code.
There are a lot of wiring codes out there so make sure you use what is required for your location or area code for safety reasons just in case your ice maker bursts into flames! We hope it never happens but in case it does remember what we said above!