When you move or purchase a new refrigerator, one of the things that you must consider is if you have everything you need to handle the kitchen appliance hookups. Most newer homes have the plumbing all set to complete kitchen appliance hookups for the refrigerator. When the appliance sales rep offers you that kitchen appliance hookup service, they are assuming that the proper plumbing is already in place. This means there is a small valve off to the side, usually a quart inch in diameter, near where the refrigerator is meant to go, so all you have to do is get the hookup kit, connect everything, and you’re set to go.
Not everything is always as it seems, however. First, a lot of homes don’t have that plumbing already set up.
That’s something you’re going to need a plumber for, and it’s not something that the appliance delivery team is going to be able to handle. Of course, you can decide not to go with the water line for your brand new refrigerator, but then why did you pay extra for a built in water dispenser and ice maker, if you’re not going to use it?
The kitchen appliance hookups get a little more complicated, if you have more than one device requiring a water feed. Very few homes come with more than once water line feed for kitchen appliances, even newer model homes. So, if you want the kitchen appliance hookups for both your refrigerator and a hot/cold water dispenser, you are almost certainly going to need a plumber.
Crystal Lake Plumber is a fully licensed, bonded, and insured plumbing contractor in Illinois (state license # 058-128943). We service areas in Northern Illinois including McHenry, Crystal Lake, Algonquin, Huntley, Lake in the Hills, McHenry County, Lake County, Kane County, and Northern Cook County.
Now, if you already have the existing plumbing for your kitchen appliance hookups, the rest really isn’t hard. We do recommend you spend the few extra dollars on the appliance water hookup kit, though. Get the copper tubing rather than plastic. Copper tubing will last longer, is more durable, and provides better water pressure. If you have no choice other than the plastic appliance hookup kit, you can always swap it out later when the copper tubing is available to you.