Integrated, standalone, and add-on ice makers conveniently supply ice to your kitchen, wet bar, or entertaining area. A qualified plumber can easily install the supply line that is required to provide water to an automatic ice maker, though a few factors may influence the cost of the job.
Water Lines at Homes and Businesses
Plumbing connections for ice maker water lines are typically made in the basement of homes by running plastic tubing or copper pipe through a floor to connect with a valve placed on existing water lines. The expense of the project may be affected by the condition and accessibility of water lines, but generally costs an average of $103 across the country. In applications which accessing a primary water line is impractical, connections are often made under a nearby sink. This type of installation may require your contractor to drill holes in the back of cabinets that separate your icemaker from the sink’s plumbing. Depending on the type of installation and the distance from the appliance to the water supply, the project may cost $147 in an apartment and $182 at a business location.
New Water Line Installations
A new ice make installation involves making connections to the existing plumbing in your home, as well as to a power supply for standalone appliances. The accessibility and condition of relevant pipes and wiring are important considerations in the difficulty and cost of the job, which ranges from $98 to $182.
Replacing an Existing Water Line
Replacing an existing ice maker supply line is generally uncomplicated, providing valves and connections are in good condition. In fact, if upgrades are not required, the project can probably be handled by a handyman or other technician. Re-routing a water line or replacing valves and other hardware may increase the demands of the job, which typically costs between $78 and $133.
Distance From Water Supply to Ice Maker
The distance between your ice maker and water supply is a basic aspect of pricing a water line installation, since fitting longer spans require more time and material. Installing a water line and related hardware on a span of one to five feet may cost $84, compared to $107 for 5-10 feet, $126 for 10-15 feet, $147 for 15-20 feet, and $171 for an installation that spans more than 20 feet.
Planning for an Ice maker Water Line Installation
A water supply line is essential for the function of your automatic ice maker, whether it is incorporated with your refrigerator or is a standalone appliance. Proper ice maker water line installation ensures the performance of your ice maker, and prevents costly leaks in your home. As you plan for your project, consider how the type of installation, the condition of your plumbing, and the location of the ice maker may influence the cost of the job.