Just moved into a house with a refrigerator that has an automatic ice
and water dispenser. I'd like to move it out a few feet to clean
If I move the refrigerator, will it break the water line? Or do these
things have several feet of extra length for moving purposes? Or do
people disconnect the water line internally somehow before moving?
There 'should' be a loop of several feet behind the fridge..
Move the fridge out slowly the first time to make sure it has a loop, just
far enough to look behind it and see what is going on. A mirror and a flash
light might be helpful..
If you know of a cut-off valve where the tubing is connected to the main
water supply, I recommend that you secure that first, just in case..
Sometimes, even with a loop behind the fridge, the fitting become loose from
the movement and you may get a small leak..
Turn it one before you move it back, to verify that there aren't any leaks..
IF, and that is a big IF, the fridge was installed properly with an extended
loop of water line there is no problem moving it out for cleaning. In fact
it would be damned difficult to install it in the first place unless there
was some sort of a loop there. But the first time you try it you might want
to play it safe and cut the water supply off. There is usually a cutoff
valve under the sink which feeds the fridge. Once you know what you are
dealing with you can perform without a net...
should not be a problem. It had to installed right? It has a service loop
that will let you move the fridge out. It is either a small copper pipe
that is flexible or a plastic. Either way just nudge it out, peek behind
to assure yourself of above then move it the rest of the way to take care of
probably, but an appliance dolly works better.
Christopher a. (shut up & gimme 10%) Young
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this is what i did to mine in a new house about 30 yrs. ago and it
worked fine for all of that time....
instead of just using a short piece of copper tubing i got about 8 feet
of it and made a loop that when you shove the ref. back into the wall
you make a coil(kinda large loop) and it lets you pull the ref. out when
you have to pull it out... i had to do something as the ref. was set
into an area where the wall was to the back, another wall on the right
side and a kitchen counter top on the left side.. matter of fact i had
to put a young nephew behind the ref. and had him start the coiling and
then pulled him out on the counter top side when the ref. was starting
to be pushed back in the wall....
On 11 Nov 2003 10:49:31 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org (Stefan) wrote:
Dont disconnect it because if you do water will come out of the water
line tubing. If water starts to come out, then you gotta unplug the
refrig and stick the water line in the ground hole on the outlet to
stop the water from running all over the floor. The problem with this
is that the refrig wont run because it cant be plugged in, and if you
leave that water line in the outlet for more than a few hours, all the
lightbulbs in the house will fill up with water.
There are two easy solutions to your problem. Either will work.
1. Just move to another house that has the floor already cleaned under
2. Have new flooring installed in your kitchen and let the flooring
guy and his plumber deal with the problem.
Either way, once you got a clean floor under the refrig, you should
not have to clean it again for about 20 years and by that time you
will need a new refrig. anyhow.
CAUTION: If you got cockroaches livin under your fridge, then you
should never move it. If you do, all the roaches will crawl out.
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