The compression nut does not leak at all, and the water flows smoothly out of the fitting when it's removed as in the second picture. Wrap Teflon tape around the threads of a ¼-in. Use of this site is subject to certain. It can be very inconvenient to move a refrigerator to get at a water line that has failed, so buy the best-quality water supply tube you can. If there is no water dispenser, throw away the first full batch or two of ice to make sure it is all clean and ready to use. Brush pipe dope onto the cone-shaped ground joint connection.
Secure copper tubing to the refrigerator cabinet with a P clamp. Additional flushing may be required in some households. Alternatively, you can cut the water line and install a soldered or compression tee with a standard water-supply shutoff valve. If the refrigerator does not have a dispenser, check the water pressure using the water supply line, if possible. I'm going to go out on a limb here, and guess the pipe came disconnected during your test when you stopped dispensing water? I'm guessing the P clamp makes sure the pipe stays put. Pull the original valve from the refrigerator to access the wire harnesses.
Errors will be corrected where discovered, and Lowe's reserves the right to revoke any stated offer and to correct any errors, inaccuracies or omissions including after an order has been submitted. A Valuable Tip: Make sure you leave extra tubing behind your fridge so you can pull it out to clean behind it. Either way the P clamp should hold the supply line in place. Knowing when to call in the experts and when to try handling it yourself is all part of do-it-yourself home improvement. Tighten the connection just slightly more than hand-tight, using pliers. Twist the connectors clockwise with your fingers. The ice maker side of the valve opens at the beginning of the ice-making cycle to fill the ice tray.
This will control the water flow and water pressure to the refrigerator. . Style 2 Firmly pull up on the clasp. Use two sets of pliers to safely remove the tube—one to hold the valve and one to unscrew it. They come in various sizes to suit whatever situation you have. If you don't have a convenient water supply pipe and valve near the refrigerator, you must instead find another spot to hook up the water line.
It takes patience, but you can hook a water line up to your refrigerator on your own. I wouldn't consider this a waste of time. This will flush air from the filter and water dispensing system, and prepare the water filter for use. Your Whirlpool model may have a smaller access panel that does not require removing the entire panel from the back of the refrigerator. Be prepared for a small amount of water leakage as you remove the valve—this is just the standing water in the water pipe, and it can easily be sponged up.
Close the clasp around the tubing, making sure it snaps into place. To have a water dispenser or ice maker in your fridge, you need to be able to get water from your cold water supply to your fridge in an efficient way. Then, pull the tubing out of the fitting. Herb Kirchhoff has more than three decades of hands-on experience as an avid garden hobbyist and home handyman. Yes, you may attached the copper line to the refrigerator. Adapt-A-Tees are easy to install, and they provide the extra line you need with the least amount of work. If this is the case, the P clamp should counteract the forces that are making the pipe pop out of the socket by not allowing the pipe to move.
I know that the old frig line was atleast 10 years old and i should have replaced it with the new frig but why fix what aint broken? Adapt-a-Tees can be used in many situations where you need an extra line. It might cost you a few dollars more, but it will last longer and like I said very easy to work with. Turn off the water to a nearby cold-water supply line. This is the view inside the valve where the fitting plugs in. After connecting the refrigerator to a water source or replacing the water filter, flush the water system. There are reducers that can be purchased for this type of problem.
Pull the harnesses off the valve. I wouldn't think the water pressure should be able to displace the fitting, but who knows maybe it's a design flaw or defective part. Simply open the Whirlpool® app, add your appliance and follow the guided experience to get up and running quickly. You don't need to be a tech expert to connect your new appliance. Use a strip of emery cloth to buff-clean a section of the copper water line.
Repeat this process to connect the red-tipped black water tube and the red fitting. I slid the tube into the water inlet valve and tightened the compression nut. In this video, This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey taps into a water-supply line. Close the clasp around the tubing. Comes with everything you need to hook up. And there may be specific pressure considerations for some refrigerator requiring you to consult a local water treatment expert. Pull the heavy cardboard panel from the appliance and set it aside.