We're considering buying a used GE refrigerator w/ ice maker. Our
current fridge has no ice maker and there is no water supply to that
area of the kitchen. I was wondering how feasible it would be to rig
up a connection to a big bottle of spring water on top of the fridge
for use in the icemaker. Advantages would include improved flavor of
the water and not having to run a water line down into the crawlspace,
under the kitchen and up behind the new fridge. Disadvantages would
include need to periodically replace the water bottle, and the overall
kludgi-ness of such a system. Does this just sound like a silly idea
or does it have merit? I guess the first, most important question
would be: would the gravity feed to the icemaker provide sufficient
no you cant do that.
icemakers are really easy to install using plastic flexible tubing and
no muss no fuss, how far from water line to fridge?
a old friends hubby refused to connect ice maker after 2 years I showed
up one day he was away 1/2 hour later the maker was running.
Its NPOT like running a regular water line at all:)
Anytime you're dealing with tapping into plumbing you can't expect it
had one leak once, and one fateful day the idiot company provided a
brass compression ring with a plastic kit, the fitting blew off.
but these troubles were minor, and easily solved.
flexible tubing comes in a 25 foot length the saddle valve clamps to
the copper tubing you dont even have to turn off the water
When the plastic hose to my humidifier (same hose as provided for ice
makers) sprang a leak, it sprayed into the file cabinet that was
nearby in the basement. Fortunately, only tourist information for the
most part got wet.
I think it's a GREAT idea.
I don't know about your situation but we have some cabinets over the ice box
that for most purposes are useless.
If you run a line from the bottle to the fridge you have to have some means
of getting air back into the bottle to prevent a vacuum from forming.
You DRINK the ice (at least in part) so if it makes sense to have bottled
water it also makes sense to make your ice from bottled water.
As do I currently. But in my misspent youth I thought of trying the 5
gallon water bottle to the icemaker idea (because there was no drinkable
water in the shop). After much trial and messy errors, we hit upon the
demand pump from an RV shop. When the pressure drops (as when the valve
opens on the icemaker), it kicks in and provides the necessary water
from a five gallon bottle sitting next to the fridge. Easier to keep an
eye on and a whole lot easier to replace and fill. Probably would have
worked for water through the door too, but it was a cheap fridge. ;-)
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