Tuesday, July 16, 2013

How to Replace a Refrigerator Water Line

Fig.1: The coolest Plecostomus
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
Crescent wrench 4-inch and 6-inch
Plastic water line
Water line with 1/4 inch brass ends

Ann. and Pat. owners of two Parrotfish (Below fig.1 to fig.3). Pat called my service company to do a refrigerator service. She stated that there was water underneath the refrigerator and that maybe the water line was the problem.

This post shows the seven steps to replacing a leaking plastic water line into a refrigerator.

Fig.2 Live plants
Fig.3 Large Goldfish
Step 1: Pull out the refrigerator from its resting place and check out the water line. 
Step 2: Check the water line coming from the water supply. In this case an old 1/4 inch copper pipe with a turn-off key. Fig.4 below shows the copper line attached to a clear plastic line. 
Step 3: Fig.4 shows the plastic water line is leaking located at the finger tip. A little spray was causing the leakage on the floor. This meant the water line needed replacement.
Fig.4 Copper line attached to plastic line
Step 4: Fig.5 shows the copper pipe attached to the clear tubing. 
Fig.5 Copper attached to fitting

Step 5: Fig.6 shows the brass nut has been removed from the left side using a 4-inch crescent wrench
Fig.6 Change copper fitting
Crescent wrench 6 inch

Step 6: Fig.7 shows the new water hose is being re-attached to the water spigot. Use a 6-inch on the brass spigot and and 4 inch crescent wrench on the water hose nuts and tightened in place.
Fig.7 New fitting
Step 7: Now undo the bottom clear hose connection and attach the new hose to the same connection. Check for leaks and carefully move the refrigerator back into its slot being careful not to run over the new rubber water hose. Fig.8 shows the new water hose.
Fig.8 Clean up
Step 8: The last step is to make sure water comes from the refrigerator. It was working fine. bot were very happy to get the refrigerator back without any leakage. Fig.9 below shows the refrigerator in working condition.
Fig.9 Push back refrigerator

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