Our refrigerator died a few weeks ago, so we invested in a new one with an icemaker, good for those Panama City heat waves! But now we can't figure out how to run the water line to the refrigerator. Our home sits on a slab, and the pipes are in the wall. What are the options?
Victor T. ~ Panama City, Florida
Hi Victor, Ice maker water lines are one of the easiest plumbing lines to run, the line is very small and it is somewhat flexible. The main water line comes into a slab home in the slab, and will come out of the slab in a location such as where the water heater is located. From that point on, the water lines are usually in the walls, and sometimes above the ceiling. There are places where they are exposed, such as under the kitchen sink, at the dishwasher, or under restroom vanities.
If your refrigerator is on the same wall as your kitchen sink, or backs up to a wall where there is a bathroom vanity on the opposite side, running the line can be very easy. Ice maker line kits are usually available at home improvement stores. Even if your refrigerator is not located in an easy area, the ice maker plumbing can be pretty simple. There should be water lines in a kitchen wall close by, and a plumbing contractor can locate them. An experienced plumbing contractor should be able to fish the flexible ice maker line up the wall and across the ceiling to the supply line with a minimum of sheetrock damage. If they do run it above your ceiling, and you live in a one story home, make sure the attic insulation covers the line. It occasionally gets below freezing in Panama City, Florida, and you don't want a frozen ice maker line.
Even if your refrigerator is in a location where you can easily access a water supply line at the dishwasher or kitchen sink, I recommend you get a plumbing contractor to do the hook up, unless you have a lot of plumbing experience. You don't want to return from vacation to find water running out of your house from an ice maker line that leaked.