Unless your ice maker also acts as a freezer and will keep your ice frozen all the time, you will need to install an ice maker drain. Most under-counter ice maker plumbing requires a dedicated water line, and thus you would need to install a system to exhaust the water. For this reason, such a project is best done by a professional plumber for the finest results.
Nevertheless, if you are thinking of taking it on as a DIY, you will first have to access if there is a drainage point close by. This will make the ice maker plumbing faster because you don’t have to install new piping all through. Your ice maker drain has to be at a place that will require minimal alteration to the existing plumbing.
So, before you start, make sure everything in the existing plumbing is mapped out and that you have the measurements for the ice maker plumbing that will integrate it into an existing drainage system. Once you are done with all the above, you can follow these steps to install the ice maker drain:
Install adapters needed to connect the ice maker plumbing to the drainage plumbing. If you have existing piping, you will always have to use a trap adapter. The trap adapter has to be glued to the existing pipe using either adhesive or concrete.
Once you install the trap adapter, add a p-trap to the ice maker installation. A p-trap kit often comes with matching washers to keep the system watertight hence watch out to make sure you install all of them.
Attach the p-trap to the ice maker drainage pipe to complete the system. After everything is tied in, checking for leaks in the system. With the ice maker off, open the inlet pipe and let it flow through the drainage system. The system passes the test if there are no leaks in the drainage. If there are leaks, ensure that your washer and gasket installations have been done right.
Just like that, your ice maker installation has a drainage system. While these steps are fairly simple, they can prove exigent to the novice plumber. When in doubt, reaching out to a local professional plumbing service like here at Doctor Drips is always your best bet. Get in touch today for a free estimate or schedule an appointment with us at 615-970-0047.