How to Perform An Ice Maker Installation

It doesn’t seem that long ago that the best way to make ice was by using the plastic ice trays. While that’s still a perfectly acceptable way to get the job done, the modern ice maker found in many households take a much different approach.

No longer do you have to pour water into the little tray and then wait several hours to get ice for your drink. Getting a fridge that comes complete with an ice maker takes the hassle of this task away, as the refrigerator does all the work for you.

Through a combination of parts including an electric motor, an ice maker will automate the process, drawing water from the plumbing in your home to effectively create an assembly line, popping out ice cubes all day long.

Unfortunately, not everyone’s refrigerator is equipped with an amazing Whirlpool ice maker. But fear not, that doesn’t mean you need to go buy an entirely new unit.

With some tools and a little DIY attitude, you can install an ice maker in your current refrigerator.

It’s easier than you think.

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What Do You Need

The idea of installing an ice maker may sound like a tricky task, perhaps too big for you to handle alone. However, it isn’t as difficult as it may seem. Here’s what you need:

· Nut drivers

· Flathead screwdriver

· Pliers

· Razor knife

· Ice maker kit

· 15-20 minutes of free time

8 Steps to Installing an Ice Maker

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Once you have your tools ready, you can get started. Follow the steps below to get your ice maker up and running.

1.  Remove Refrigerator Parts

Inside the freezer section, you will find plastic plugs on the back wall and side walls. Gently pry them off using your screwdriver. These holes are where you will mount the ice maker. The round plug at the back is where you will run the water fill tube.

2. Expose the Water Inlet Hole

Look on the back of the refrigerator to find the sticker. Use your knife to cut through it, allowing you to pull the foam insulating tube out, which will expose the hole.

3. Connect Wiring Harnesses

Next, you must locate the wiring connection point. Inside the freezer, the larger hole that you uncovered will have a wiring harness inside. Pull it out and connect it with the wiring harness from the ice maker. They should snap and lock together.

4. Mount the Ice Maker

First, get the mounting screws from the ice maker kit and screw them into the mounting holes within the freezer section. You can then slide the ice maker over the screws, before tightening the screws with the nut driver. Use the bracket and threaded bolt to add support underneath the ice maker. Once that is done, add the ice bucket under the ice maker kit.

5.  Insert the Tubing

Take the water full tube and insert it through the hole you made in the back of the unit. Once installed, it should assume a half-moon shape. To lock it securely in place, turn the tube to the left and right when you are installing it, ensuring that the locking clips are fastened. Afterwards, put the foam tube over the top, before pressing it securely into the refrigerator’s back channel.

6. Secure the Tubing

Now, you must attach the plastic tubing connector to the end of the water fill tube, taking care not to overtighten it. There are two clamps, which are for securing the water hose to the back of the refrigerator. Space them out, making sure the tubing extends all the way to the bottom of the unit. Finally, push the tubing inside the valve inlet, then pull back to ensure it is secured.

7. Wire the Valve

Locate the wiring harness, which is usually inside the opening on the bottom right of the unit. It needs to be plugged into the electrical connection for the water valve. Simply press it securely on the brass terminals. This is the only electrical connection needed.

8. Install Water Valve

Using your screwdriver to remove the screws holding the cover, remove the back cover of the unit, exposing the compressor. Use the two mounting screws from the ice maker kit to install the water valve, by going through the holes in the back of the fridge. After you’re done, screw the back cover back on. Finally, connect the water line from the cold-water supply. Do this through a shutoff tap valve. Once the freezer gets cold enough, the ice maker will start working.

Don’t Forget to Test for Leaks

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When you have finished with the installation, it is important that you check for any leakage. Turn on your water supply so that the valve fills up. If there are no leaks, all is good. If you do see any, simply turn everything off and check that you have fully secured all refrigerator parts tightly, including the tubing and water valve. Enjoy your cool drinks!

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