01-11-2012 02:19 PM
What is the best type of connection for water/icemake for fridge?
I purchased a new fridge and the delivery person refused to connect it to existing copper pipe. He said they tend to leak and they cannot intall.
From a health point of view, which is the best option? and is it easy for a DIY project to replace the pipe if needed?
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01-11-2012 03:59 PM
My name is Tom, known here as HD116 and thank you for your question. Many installers will not hook up ice makers for liability reasons, so that does not surprise me. But as someone who has installed quite a number of new and replacement ice maker lines, I can assure you that the process is fairly easy for even a beginning Do It Yourselfer.
If you do have an integral filtration system, a model such as the K-2 Watts Installation Kit would be just fine. The difference between the two is the 5 year filter. You will also note that both systems feature PVC lines and a copper valve. I recommend the PVC lines as the copper ones tend to kink when bent and that can cause problems. There are other models that feature reinforced lines that are kink resistant as well.
Installation is as easy as using a screwdriver, and your fingers and thumb! Both models feature a self-piercing valve assembly that has been effective for homeowners for many years. The Home Depot has developed an installation guide that gives step by step instructions with photos that you can review by clicking here.
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