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Question DetailsAsked on 5/31/2014

Estimated cost to install refrigerator water line?

I'm renting a ground level duplex. The landlord has agreed to allow the install of a water line for the refrigerator. The location of the fridge is separated by a wall that has the washer/dryer on the other side. Have to confirm with the landlord but there might be a crawl space under the house that will allow the water line to come up through the floor.

Looking to get an estimated cost to install and/or any suggestions to keep in mind on this type of installation.

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Tap could come off the line in the crawlspace, or off the cold water pipe serving the washer. Crawlspace solution costs a bit more for the plumber work, but does not require any drywall repair like tapping the water pipe at the washer would, assuming it has the normal wall-insert box for the two faucets. If you have exposed cold water pipe there - about 4 inches worth or more if metal or PVC or exposed connection plus an inch or so if threaded Pex or similar, then either a Tee or a hot tap (small hole punched through the copper or metal pipe without even turning water off) could be used to source the water,then flexible tubing through wall or flooring to behind the reefer.

Depends on access of course, but typically around $200 range (assuming plumber labor at about $100-125/hour) - obviously can be higher with tough access and in high labor cost areas like major cities, and cheaper in low labor cost areas.

Search the List for plumbers with good reviews in your area, and be sure to emphasize you are looking for minimally invasive / minimal damage solution to keep landlord happy.
In addition to through wall from behind or up from crawlspace, snaking around behind cabinets (assuming type with a utility gap left behind) from a water line connection below the sink is the most common approach to this. Usually only requires pulling out the bottom panel in corner cabinet (and of course the under-sink cabinet bottom panel), if there is a corner between sink and reefer. Is run with bendable copper tubing or flexible plastic tubing, depending on your code requirements. Be sure it is installed with an accessible shutoff valve on the line to allow for reefer maintenance and replacement / moveouts / moveins.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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