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Old 02-18-2009, 01:18 AM   #1
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The refrigerator has a 1/4" compression.

I see the store sells an icemaker "kit", one is clear 1/4" plastic line, another one is like a braided PVC hose line, I was wondering which one is better?

I am using a reverse osmosis system so the 1/4" plastic line would tee right in after the filters, but is the connection using this kind of tube reliable behind the fridge?

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Old 02-18-2009, 08:45 AM   #2
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I've never cared for the plastic lines, had too many leaks in the past. I only use and recommend 1/4" flexible copper.

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I use an RO setup to my ice maker using plastic lines. I used some white push in connectors. Make sure to add a shut off valve to the feeder line to the ice maker. It makes life alot easier if you need to shut anything off.
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The refrigerator has a 1/4" compression.

I see the store sells an icemaker "kit", one is clear 1/4" plastic line, another one is like a braided PVC hose line, I was wondering which one is better?

I am using a reverse osmosis system so the 1/4" plastic line would tee right in after the filters, but is the connection using this kind of tube reliable behind the fridge?
Look for a 1/4" Stainless Steel braided line, much better. Copper will kink and leak, plastic will get brittle.
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Thanks,
what kind of hose is inside the braided lines? Is it rubber and is it going to give a strange taste to the ice?
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what kind of hose is inside the braided lines? Is it rubber and is it going to give a strange taste to the ice?
The inside is made of different kinds of materials depending on what brand you use. They are all approved by the UPC, all safe for drinking water.

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IronRange thanks for the help, is it like this one here?

http://www.hardwareandtools.com/invt/1136845

I hope they sell it locally.

Any ideas how to convert the other end from 1/4" compression female to my 1/4" RO plastic lines
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IronRange thanks for the help, is it like this one here?

http://www.hardwareandtools.com/invt/1136845

I hope they sell it locally.

Any ideas how to convert the other end from 1/4" compression female to my 1/4" RO plastic lines
You could use a 1/4" compression coupling, the 1/4" braided flex would screw on one side (remove the nut), the other side would slide over the plastic using the compression nut.
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BE SURE TO USE THE BRASS OR PLASTIC INSERT INSIDE THE COMPRESSION FITTING
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Yup, I learned that one the HARD way :P
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Remember when using compressions fittings; the ferrul must be equivalent or harder material than the tubing itself. You can not use a plastic ferrul with copper tubing.
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I never liked plastic lines, never found one that could not loose that "plastic" taste. I used copper until they came out with the white flexible braided lines, and then some of those would not lose that "taste". I like copper and it has been dependable for me. I now like the stainless braided lines best. Jerry's right, if you use any of the plastic lines, use the inserts made to go inside of the end of the line or the compression will not work properly. I also recommend a filter installed along with these icemaker lines. Good Luck, David
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Old 12-29-2009, 06:20 AM   #13
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Does anyone have any suggestions for a filter and possibly a web link showing a particular model?
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Old 12-29-2009, 05:50 PM   #14
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I only use copper like #2 stated.

If you install it properly you never have to worry about it being brittle and kinking, it last forever.

The way you install it is the key you must use a roll with about four or 5 coils when you pull the refrigerator out for cleaning and service it uncoils like a slinky when you push it back it coils back up.

I also like to cut in a tee with valve arrangement , I hate them little piercing valves they always seem to leak or cause problems.
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Old 12-30-2009, 06:59 AM   #15
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I totally agree with you, I hate those self piercing valves.
It's a little more work adding a copper tee and proper shutoff valve but well worth it in the long run.

I installed a new humidifier about a month ago on my furnace and I tee'd in a proper shut-off valve.


Still waiting for someone to respond on a inline water filter for the ice maker line.

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