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Setting up a Brass Compression Fitting for Your Fridge’s Icemaker

Refrigerators are never complete without an icemaker to dish out the ice cubes. You would be grateful for a fresh tray of ice cubes on the hottest of days. However, according to Steve Hamilton’s article, which appeared on SFGate.com, a little maintenance is needed the keep the icemaker in tip-top shape.

An icemaker needs a steady stream of water to enable it to perform true to its name. However, many popular refrigerators have icemakers with piping that is not long enough to extend out of the machine and into an active water line. It can be very cumbersome to relocate the fridge just to help the icemaker’s stock piping reach the water line.

When you simply do not have the luxury of space to attach the water line, you will need an icemaker kit of the kind produced by Gruner Brass Fittings Corp. The set comprises a roll of copper or plastic tubing and a brass compression fitting. If you’ve never handled water line connections before, an expert will tell you that the fitting comprises a brass compression body, pairs of compression nuts and ferrules, and inserts for the tubing.

The first thing you should do is cut the stock icemaker and water supply pipe to the desired length using a box cutter. The durable brass compression fittings themselves should be stripped and you must pick the right ferrules. Hamilton says that if your icemaker kit has copper piping, the ferrules must be made of brass, while nylon ferrules go with poly piping.

Once the compression fitting has been opened, you can put in the ends of the icemaker kit line into one fitting, with the linkage into the main icemaker line. The opposite end of the kit tubing will be put into another compression fitting, then linked into the water supply conduit. As no one wants to be out of ice when it’s most needed, you’ll need to make the effort to provide a secure water line.

(Source: How to Install a Compression Fitting on a Plastic Ice Maker Line, SFGate.com)