Upgrading your old refrigerator isn’t the most exciting of home projects, but when your new fridge has an ice maker or water filter, it involves some extra effort in connecting it to your kitchen’s plumbing. While there is some added difficulty to the project, it is still something that you might do yourself.

Starting this project requires you to find the nearest source of cold water. This could be below the floor, in the wall, above in the ceiling, or beneath the kitchen sink. You could even run a tube from beneath the kitchen sink through your cabinets and into the fridge if that makes the project easier for your setup.

There are three different methods you can use when connecting your fridge to the waterline: a regular tee fitting that is soldered, a compression tee fitting, or a saddle valve. Many plumbers will recommend removing a section of the cold water pipe to solder a ½-inch copper tee, and this is the method that will be explained below.

Before all else, shut off the water at the main valve to prevent any running water or flooding. Only after that can you cut out a small section of the cold water pipe and then solder in the copper tee. Another short piece of copper pipe then needs to be soldered into the tee, and a water supply stop valve on the other end. When the solder has cooled, turn the water back on and check for leaks.

With all that in place, you can now attach the tube to the water supply. Before connecting to the fridge, however, run about a gallon of water through the tube to flush out the tubing. Then clamp the tube in place on the fridge, and be all set.

It is a huge convenience to have an ice maker as part of your refrigerator, but do not fret if attaching it to your plumbing seems more than you can handle. For your kitchen plumbing needs, call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.