There are few things more refreshing than a cold beverage when you are really thirsty. Having constant access to ice makes it a lot easier to make a cold beverage on-demand, and many modern refrigerators are equipped with automatic ice makers to ensure your supply of ice never dries up. Unfortunately, some older homes might not be equipped with water lines that allow an automatic ice maker to work properly.
Here are three tips to keep in mind if you plan to install a water line to your new refrigerator in the near future.
1. Locate the nearest cold water source.
To reduce the amount of pipe that you must install to transport water from your existing plumbing to your refrigerator's ice maker it is essential that you take the time to locate the nearest cold water source. This source might be located underneath your kitchen sink, behind a wall, or even under the flooring in your kitchen.
If you aren't sure where a cold water pipe might be, looking over the blueprints for your home or contacting a plumber for assistance can be beneficial.
2. Buy the right size tubing and flexible copper water lines.
When it comes to ensuring that your refrigerator's automatic ice maker will work properly in the future, connecting tubing and flexible copper water lines that are the right size is essential. Tubing or water lines that are too big or small will not properly regulate water pressure, causing your fridge's ice maker to either overfill or underfill.
Although most modern refrigerator's are equipped to accommodate tubing and flexible copper water lines that are 1/4-inch in diameter, some require materials that are 5/16-inch in diameter. Be sure to check the owner's manual for your refrigerator before buying supplies to ensure you are purchasing the right size tubing and water lines.
3. Shut off your water supply at the main valve while working.
Anytime you are adding a water line to your home, you should turn off the water supply to the house at the main valve. This will help to prevent potential damage caused by a water leak while you are adjusting the configuration of pipes and adding your new water line.
Your main water valve is usually located in your basement or on an outside utility wall of your home. Simply turn the valve clockwise to restrict the flow of water into your home, then turn the valve back on once your new water line is complete.
Locating the nearest cold water supply, investing in materials that are the right size, and shutting off the main valve before beginning work will help make the addition of a water line for your refrigerator's ice maker easier in the future. For more information, contact a company like Mantyla Well Drilling Inc.