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Question DetailsAsked on 4/19/2016

Can a sink water line be used for a refrigerator ice maker?

I have a secondary sink in my kitchen that we want to remove as part of remodel. The fridge will go in it's place. Is this a relatively easy fix to use the sink water line for the fridge water line?

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Sure - the water lines are commonly out into the sink cabinet a way so need to be cut back to the wall, but putting a shutoff valve there and running the tubing to the water dispenser/ice maker from there is a viable solution.

Note - if that sink has not been used recently be sure to flush the cold line on full for 5 minutes or so before disconnecting the sink to remove stagnant water from the pipe.

Drain line will also need to be cut and capped, so you are probably talking $100-200 to cut and cap the lines - water and sewer. One thing to consider - if you cap the hot water line there the run from where it comes off the main line to the cap will go stagnant and corrode faster, so I emphatically recommend cutting and capping it where it comes off the main branch to avoid future leakage. This may require cutting into drywall to get to the junction - but worth it in my mind - especially if your remodel contractor will be doing some drywall work in the kitchen anyway.

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