A:AnswerIt really depends upon things like, where are the water pipes behind/below your sink & cabinet? Is your basement ceiling 'finished' or just beams? For us, the fridge sat around the corner and 3 cabinets away from the kitchen sink. There was NO way to connect the line from under the sink, and NO way to run the line behind the cabinets. What worked for us was, the guy put the tap-in in the basement on the copper pipe under the kitchen sink, then ran it along the beams (our basement is unfinished, so there is access to the pipes), and had to drill a small hole up into the floor behind the fridge, to connect the copper waterline to the fridge waterline. (Actually my relative was there too and did the drilling.) This worked fine for us. If you wanted to hire a plumber to do it first, before your fridge arrives, I guess you could? Lucky for us the Best Buy contracted installers had no problems.
I had a copper line as well. It was really long and created a lot of tension where it attached to the fridge in back. This was because the copper line had to be folded in a way for the fridge to slide back in. The tension at the connection resulted in my pump and the mechanicals being pulled away from the fridge and creating a significant leak.
When BestBuy arrived to deliver and install the fridge they easily cut away the unnecessary copper line length. They then had a tool that allowed them to easily attach the copper line to the new water line. It took less than 5 minutes. The new water line moved freely enough that when the fridge was slid back in place there is now zero tension where the line connects to the fridge.
They make longer lines if you feel that you really need one longer than 6 feet. With that said, if there is a copper line in place leave it. The BestBuy installation guys can then attach the new line to the existing copper and you don't have to worry about the extra length needed.
A:AnswerWe just bought a new Frig with an ice maker and need to install a water line. The salesman offered the best advice and I will pass it on. He recommended, "Go ahead and buy the water line to hook up the frig in the store when you buy the appliance. If you don't need it return it."
You will need a cold water feed with a shutoff valve to connect the water line to.
Before they show up do your homework and figure out if what you have is good or you need to update plumbing before they get there.
But also don't panic (unless you absolutely need water and/or ice in the next 24hrs). If they find they can't make the connection to whatever you have they will advise the best solution.
I will update with details and comments after the new frig is installed.
A:AnswerI was told that when I bought the refrigerator, I would need a new water line in the event the current line needed to be replaced. It turns out that this new water line was not needed, as I was still able to use the existing water line. I will be returning the new water line for a refund. Guess it better to be safe and purchase a new line and seek refund than to not purchase and have problems with the current line not being compatable.
A:AnswerI’m assuming so. I hate to not have a direct answer for you. I had about three feet of copper wire and they just attachmented the new hose. I’ve attached a file for you to see the connection. I’m unsure if they would install it without the hose? Maybe you’d have to call. Good luck! Sorry if I didn’t help much.