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Connect and install the water line to your refrigerator

Dispensing water from refrigerator

Your refrigerator dispenses refreshing ice and water all year long... as long as it's connected to a water supply line. You can use the water line leftover from your previous refrigerator, or start fresh with a new kit from the hardware store. Either way, we're going to help you get your home water-ready.

Install a new refrigerator water supply line

If your home doesn't have a water line installed from a previous refrigerator, you will need a water line that can run between the water pipes in your home and your fridge.

The water lines are typically sold in kits and are not included with the refrigerator. We recommend using a water line installation kit that uses 1/4 inch copper tubing, a 1/4 inch compression nut, and a ferrule. Keep in mind that you will need a compression nut at both ends, and some kits only come with one.

This procedure will vary depending on the type of equipment you use, so follow the kit's instructions. In most installations, the fundamentals include attaching a shut off valve (C in the picture below) to your cold water line (A) using a pipe clamp (B). Then you'd need to twist the valve until it pierces your water line.

Illustration of a shut off valve connected to a cold water line using a pipe clamp

After that, you'd connect the rest of the water line installation kit (A in the image below) to the shut off valve (B). Again, the kit's instructions will tell you how to do this.

Illustration of a water line installation kit being connected to the shut off valve

For the ice maker to operate properly, a minimum water pressure of 30 psi is required. If needed, you can install a booster pump to compensate for low pressure. After installation, check the water pressure by dispensing water. It should take less than 10 seconds to dispense 3/4 a cup.

Connect the water supply line to the refrigerator

As mentioned above, the water supply line is not included with the refrigerator and is typically sold as a kit at your local hardware store (if you don't have one already installed in your home).

We recommend you get a 1/4 inch copper tubing kit, which should include 1/4 inch copper tubing, a 1/4 inch compression nut, and a ferrule.

If you get a Plastic Tubing kit (not recommended), it should include 1/4 inch plastic tubing with a molded end/bulb, and a 1/4 inch compression nut. If you use plastic tubing, do not use it without the molded end/bulb.

Illustration showing what the water line installation looks like using either copper or plastic tubing

This picture shows what the connection looks like using either type of tubing: Copper Tubing (03 in the picture), or Plastic Tubing (08). The top of the picture (A) leads to the refrigerator, the bottom of the picture (B) leads to the household water supply line. In the image, (C) demonstrates how it will look when installed. This image is also available in your user's manual. Visit the download center to get a copy.

Also shown in the picture are the parts which are assembled for you: the included 1/4 inch compression nut (01) , the plastic tubing leading to the refrigerator (04), and the compression fitting (05).

The parts that are not provided are what will come with the kit you purchase: the ferrule (02) (for copper tubing), the molded end/bulb (06) (for plastic tubing), and another 1/4 inch compression nut (07) (for both tubing options).

  1. Slip the compression nut (07) onto the tubing provided in the kit. If you are using copper tubing, also slip the ferrule (02) on. If you are using plastic tubing, insert the molded end/bulb (06) directly into the compression fitting (05).

  2. Tighten the compression nut (07) until it reaches the compression fitting (05). Do not over-tighten it, as over-tightening will cause a leak.

  3. Turn the water on and check for leaks. If you find water drops or a leak in the connection areas, turn off the main water supply. Check the connections, and tighten when necessary.

  4. If the model has a dispenser, make sure the water filter is installed, and then dispense one gallon of water before drinking or using any water from the refrigerator.

  5. The first time you turn on the ice maker, let it make ice for 1 to 2 days. Over that period of time, throw out the first 2 buckets of ice to ensure all impurities have been removed from the water line.

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