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On a hot summer day, there is nothing better than a nice, cold glass of brewed ice tea. Buying a refrigerator with a built in icemaker is expensive. While convenient, you can expect to pay a pretty penny. If you want, why not consider installing one in your good old-fashioned refrigerator. Having an icemaker installed will save you unnecessary trips to the store at the last minute to have ice for your dinner guests. Besides, having your own icemaker will actually save you money in the end.

The great part about installing an icemaker is that you can do it yourself without the need to hire someone especially for the job. In fact, do not think that just because your refrigerator is a 1981 model that there is no help because you can find an icemaker for installation even for older models. Additionally, icemakers are not expensive, usually ranging from $100 to $200. Since the price can vary from one place to another, shop for the best bargain. Besides the icemaker, you also need to purchase the water line kit, which includes the line, shut-off valve, and other miscellaneous parts.

When you buy your icemaker and kit, make sure you know what you are doing, can read directions well, or have a friend or family member that can help. The installation is not overly difficult, but it can take about three to four hours and having someone that is handy certainly helps. The most important aspect of installing an icemaker is to locate your water supply first. If your kitchen is located above a basement with an exposed ceiling or a crawlspace, perfect. However, if the basement ceiling is covered, you will need to find the cold water line, which can take time and be tricky. To determine where this line is, look in the following locations:
  • Shut off at the main water shutoff valve
  • The hot water tank
  • An outside faucet located around the same path or location as were the refrigerator is
  • In a furnace room with an exposed ceiling, if applicable
  • A bathroom near where the refrigerator sits, either upstairs or downstairs
The instructions are not hard to follow and will consist of drilling a hole on the top side of the water line. Be sure the water supply is turned off and that you locate a pilot hole by using a center punch, prior to drilling. To ensure no water leaks out, it is recommended that you place a water bucket under that particular area before you start drilling. Take your time during this process so your hole is correct. Located on the floor behind the refrigerator you need to drill a 5/16-inch hole that will be used for the �-inch water line. Leave enough of the water line poking through the wall to coil several times behind the refrigerator, or hang from the back of the refrigerator. Then you will attach the line to the refrigerator a minimum of three inches higher than the water valve. This will keep pressure from tugging on the compression nut to avoid leaks. Once everything is connected, double check to ensure there is no leakage. A good idea is to check it again the next day to make sure nothing came loose. Once you see no water is leaking, within 48 hours, you can enjoy ice from your very own icemaker!
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