Tips and Tricks for Connecting a New Refrigerator

Tips and Tricks for Connecting a New Refrigerator


So you’re ready to upgrade your refrigerator in your Stuart, FL home. That’s great. Many modern fridges now include features that were once considered luxuries. Devices such as water dispensers and ice makers now come standard on a number of models.

These require a plumbing connection in order to use them but fear not because you don’t need a degree in kitchen plumbing to install them. Setting up a new fridge takes a bit of work, but it’s nothing most homeowners can’t handle. Here’s a guide on how to install your new refrigerator.

Connecting the Water Dispenser

waterdispenser Before you can make any connections, you must find the nearest cold-water supply. Kitchens often have these under the sink or by the dishwasher.

If you’re lucky, there may be a supply already set up in the area where the fridge is meant to be set up, in which case you just need to connect it to the appliance with flexible piping.

Once you find the water supply just follow these steps.

Step 1: Map Out the Piping

This changes with every kitchen. Depending on where the water supply is located in contrast to the fridge, you may be able to run piping through the cabinets, or you might be forced to install it underneath the floor. Either way, you need to take exact measurements and make sure you have an appropriate length of piping. Also be sure the pipe fits comfortably and rounds any corners comfortably.

Step 2: Shut Off the Water Supply

Turn off the water at the supply valve and run a faucet until no more water runs. This will minimize any leaking.

Step 3: Attach an Adapter to the Supply

There are three common adapters you can use to connect your fridge with the water supply: a soldered tee-fitting, a compression tee-fitting, and a saddle valve. Many DIY kids include saddle valves, but we strongly recommend against using them. They’re of inferior quality and in many states, licensed plumbers are forbidden from installing them.

Instead, we will describe how to install a tee-fitting. Soldered tee-fittings, which are made by hand, are stronger than pre-made compression tee-fittings, but either one will do just fine. Disconnect the faucet from the water supply; connect the tee-fitting to the supply before reconnecting the faucet. This will allow both the fridge and faucet access to the water.

Step 4: Connect Water Piping to Tee-Fitting and Refrigerator

Attach your piping to the final connection on the tee-fitting and run it along the path you set out all the way to the back of the fridge. Make the final connection with the appliance. Turn the water back on and check for any leaks at the tee-fitting and along the piping. If everything checks out, run a few gallons of water and make a couple buckets of ice to make sure water is flowing smoothly.

Connecting the Ice Maker

icemaker The latest refrigerators with water dispensers and ice makers only need a single water line for the devices.

By following the instructions above, you should be able to operate both.

Benefits of an Expert Installation

professionalinstallation There’s no shame in asking for help if you’re confused about kitchen plumbing or don’t possess the DIY spirit.

Sometimes it’s best to have a new appliance installed by an experienced professional. In the case of setting up a new fridge, just planning out the piping can be daunting.

Hiring some help will ensure the job gets done right the first time. You can sit back and relax while they take care of everything.