How to Install Refrigerator Plumbing

Here's how to run a water line to your refrigerator's icemaker.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Tube cutter
  • Tape measure
  • Soldering torch

You may also need a drill and a 1/2-in. bit if you need to run the water line through cabinets, as shown here.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • 1/4-in. flexible copper tubing
  • 1/2-in. copper pipe
  • Copper tee
  • Water supply stop valve

If your pipes are steel or plastic, use that material for the tee instead of copper.