Anybody familiar with how this is done?
I just took delivery today of a new Maytag fridge from Sears, which
came with a factory-installed icemaker. I didn't realize that the
delivery guys hadn't hooked up the water line until they had left. I
figured that I could probably do it myself, but I find that the diagram
in the manual does not resemble the actual fridge. Here's the man page:
Here are two pictures of the actual hookup area:
I don't think the diagram agrees with the physical unit. The book makes
it look like there should be two parallel tubes, a black one that
emerges from behind the metal panel at the rear bottom access panel of
the fridge, and another that dangles from above. As you can see, there
is only one actual tube, and no obvious place to hook up my water line.
Am I missing something? Could this have been assembled incorrectly at
the factory and is actually missing the "refrigerator connection"
that's referred to in the manual?
The water valve is down by the floor. You have to take off the little grey
cover to get at it.
If you're not comfortable with this, most plumbers, HVAC guys or handymen
can hook it up. I'm a HVAC guy, and done several of these.
Hmmm... OK. That's not what the diagram implies, but I did wonder what
was in there. I started to remove that gray cover, but it turns out you
have to remove the entire back panel, not just the gray plastic cover.
What I could see through the slats, though didn't look like a water
hookup, so I stopped there. I'll take the whole thing off tomorrow and
see what's up.
By the way, I mis-reported the brand. It's not a Maytag, it's a
Kenmore, model # 795.78304.801. I've had Maytag on the brain as well,
because my Maytag dishwasher also just broke.
So, it's a Kenmore, not Maytag. Probably doesn't make any difference to
this discussion, but I hope it didn't cause any confusion.
If the manual is not the right one for that model, I'd go to the Sears/
Kenmore website and see if you can locate and view the correct one.
If that doesn't work, google appliance parts. Most of the online ones
have the same online parts diagrams, where you put in the model and
they show how the whole refrigerator is put together part by part.
You should be able to figure it out from there.
If so, I guess all I need is a compression nut for the copper tubing,
and I should be good to go.
The manual I have is the correct one for this model fridge, but this
hookup is completely different than what is pictured in the manual.
The appliguy is the GREATEST! He has walked me through two washing
machine repairs for fraction of the cost of hiring someone.
He will help you. Get the brand and model no. and he will have the
right answer for you.
You've found the water inlet. That should connect to 1/4 copper
tubing using a ferrule and compression nut. I just installed a
fridge and used one of the stainless steel flexible hoses to do the
connection. It's a lot easier to move the fridge without worrying
about kinking the copper tube or breaking it. I had an existing
copper tube, so I secured that to the back wall with a plastic cable
clamp and then used a compression union to go from the copper to the
new hose. The other end of the hose mates with the water inlet.
The hose I bought has a feature where if the hose ruptures, somehow it
detects the surge and shuts itself off. Exactly how well that works
or how useful it is, I don't know, but it basicly came for free with
on 7/18/2008 10:09 PM firstname.lastname@example.org said the following:
My last two ice maker fridges were recessed in the cabinetry and there
was no way to get to the rear of the fridge before it was fully pulled
out past the cabinetry. Both of these fridges had 1/4" plastic tubing
for the supply. It made it a lot easier to pull out the fridge to make
repairs, etc. With the plastic tubing, there is no kinking of the tube,
stress on the fittings, or the need to re-roll the tubing when putting
the fridge back.
Everything's connected and working. I haven't had an icemaker for
decades, and while it's not essential, it's nice to have plenty of the
stuff and not have to be cracking trays when it's least convenient.
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