Good morning! My husband and I just made a purchase of a new refrigerator, it has a water dispenser, we have a kit to hook up the water to it, but it has a clamp type thing with a T handle valve? My question is, do we drill a hole in the pipe or how does that work?
- Carey J
Good morning Carey! The kit that came with the refrigerator is actually illegal in the state of Wisconsin, and that T handle valve you have is actually called a needle valve. There is a needle in the valve that punctures the pipe to allow water to flow. The needle itself is not a state approved material, and not allowed to be used in a potable water system, so a tee is to be installed in-line of a cold waterline. With a different type of valve, that IS approved, that kit also comes with a poly hose. The hose works, but, over time, starts to get brittle and break, causing financial damage, due to the chlorine in the water! We like to use copper instead however, copper costs more, the poly hose and copper are both legal, copper is just our personal preference. Call us to help you out and install this correctly for you!
-Wes Rosenberg, Owner/Master Plumber