How to Install Ice Maker Kits – A Step-by-Step Guide

So, you’re looking to install an ice maker kit yourself. DIY projects are rewarding and can save you a lot of cash – especially when looking at the price of new refrigerator models that include ice makers, versus the price of ice maker kits.

Since there are many automatic appliance parts that make up an ice maker kit, it can be a bit overwhelming for someone who’s trying to install one such kit for the first time.

That’s where we come in.

As ice maker pros, we’re here to show you how to set up your own ice maker to help you save money and gain knowledge on exactly how ice makers work – which will help you figure out potential ice maker issues down the road.

What is an Ice Maker Kit?

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An ice maker kit is a DIY ice maker application kit which includes all the parts needed to set up the ice maker yourself.

You can gather everything you need by purchasing a kit or browsing through Home Depot stock for individual ice maker parts. The easiest way to go about this is to purchase a kit as it includes a ready-made assortment of parts and usually comes with (clear) instructions.

If the kit doesn’t come with instructions or if you’ve chosen to purchase Home Depot parts to assemble your own ice machine, we’ve provided a step-by-step guide to how to do it.

Steps on How to Install Your Ice Maker Kit

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While most ice maker kits are quite similar, there may be slight differences, depending on the type of ice maker kit you’ve purchased. That being said, we’ve laid out the most general and common ice maker installation steps available.

Step 1: Run the Water Line

In order to run the water line, you must make a hole behind your refrigerator with a drill. Next, drill another hole underneath the sink. Dip down into the opening and feed the line down the crawl space and then back up through the hole you made in your refrigerator.

Step 2: Drain the Water Line

After you have the water line running into the refrigerator, you can tap into the cold water line located under the sink but first shut-off the water valve to the entire house at the main source.

IMPORTANT NOTE: With any type of plumbing project, the electric heater at the breaker should be turned off if the main water supply has been shut off as well. If your heating system is gas-powered, push the switch to the position reading “pilot”.

Next, turn on a faucet to drain the remaining water from the lines.

Step 3: Install the Valve

Install the new valve made for the icemaker’s water line.

It should be noted that there are quite a few different types of valves that could be used for this job.

A needle valve is recommended. In order to install a needle valve, put two clamps around the pipe, then tighten the screws on opposing sides with a screwdriver to hold it in place.

Tighten the “T” handle so that it is tight against the copper line.

Step 4: Install the Solenoid Valve

One of the first parts you’ll notice in an ice maker kit is the solenoid valve. Attach the solenoid valve to the cabinet frame holes within the fridge by using two screws and a drill.

Find the solenoid connector which is usually under the refrigerator and put the connector over the valve solenoid inserts.

Step 5: Connect the Water Supply Line

Connect the water supply line with the compression fitting that is provided to the top of the solenoid valve. This can be done by screwing it in.

Next, screw the plastic tube that comes with the kit onto the water outlet which is located on the bottom part of the solenoid valve.

Use the adhesive clips that are provided to bring the water line to the back end of the freezer. Make a hole at the back of the unit in the paper cover with a screwdriver.

Step 6: Install the Factory Fill Tube

Take a flathead screwdriver and remove the plugs from the factory fill tube holes. Install the fill tube by taking the metal insert that was provided into the water supply line.

Tighten everything with a drill. Slide the fill tube into the inlet hole at the back of the freezer. Screw in place.

Step 7: Install Your Icemaker

Plug the writing harness found on the side part of the ice maker into the wiring at the back end of the freezer wall. Take the extension tube and insert it into the small hole at the back wall of the freezer.

Step 8: Hang Ice Maker to the Wall of Your Freezer

Hang the icemaker over the screws, ensure you line up the extension tube. Tighten screws to secure the ice maker to the wall. Next, install the ice bucket.

Ice Maker Kit DIY: Conclusion

There you have it! A fully-installed ice maker machine to keep your beverages chilled at your command. Although it may look intimidating when first opening a DIY ice maker kit and finding a load of foreign objects in need of being put together, following the right directions can make all the difference.

Feature image via Whirlpool

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