Water Line for Icemaker

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by runner-guy, Jun 28, 2007.

  1. runner-guy

    runner-guy New Member

    Jun 28, 2007
    Hi everyone. I have an icemaker on my fridge, but there is no water line hooked up to it. The fridge is far away from the sink with a doorway in between. Also, I live in an upper level condo, so I cannot go through a basement or crawlspace. Any advice on how to connect the line to the sink?
  2. garyl53

    garyl53 Engineer

    Dec 7, 2006
    I had to run a flexible line under the floor between the floor joists from a sink connection to a hole in the floor behind the fridge. I used an electrical "snake" to pull a flexible icemaker line through the space. This sounds like your only option unless you can go up through the ceiling.

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  4. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

    Sep 1, 2004
    Yakima WA
    A couple of suggestions. First, wherever you tap into the water supply line, do not use a saddle valve. These will fail sooner or later. Use a ball valve and fittings to reduce it to tubing size. Second, use copper tubing. Plastic is another failure waiting to happen. How you get the tubing to the fridge is indeed a problem, but it's one that I think you'll have to figure out yourself because of the nature of your situation. You need to be sure of any restrictions on doing any plumbing or electrical work yourself in your condo. It may be something that will require a licensed plumber to do as well as approval by the condo association.
  5. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    Keep in mind, it doesn't have to come from the kitchen sink. Is there a bathroom nearby?
  6. Verdeboy

    Verdeboy In the Trades

    Jun 12, 2006
    Can you post some pics showing the distance your various sinks and hot water tank are from the frig? If your hw tank or a sink is just on the other side of the wall from your frig, you can drill a hole in the wall for the connection.
  7. runner-guy

    runner-guy New Member

    Jun 28, 2007
    The HWH and washer and dryer are in the next room, but not up against the same wall. The fridge is sort of all by itself in a corner of the kitchen.
  8. GrumpyPlumber

    GrumpyPlumber Licensed Grump

    Jun 18, 2007
    Plumber, self employed
    Licensed Grump
    Ten to one, thats your best bet.
    With the heater and washer there I'm guessing the appearance isn't of "living" space quality...you might run a copper line low, on top of the mop board near the floor, then pierce the wall.
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