INSTALLING THE WATER LINE
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
tubing you need. Approved plastic water supply
lines are SmartConnect™ Refrigerator Tubing
When connecting your refrigerator to a GE
Appliances Reverse Osmosis Water System, the only
the refrigerator's filter bypass plug. Using the
refrigerator's water filtration cartridge in conjunction
with the RO filter can result in hollow ice cubes and
slower water flow from the water dispenser.
This water line installation is not warranted by
expensive water damage.
Water hammer (water banging in the pipes) in house
plumbing can cause damage to refrigerator parts and
lead to water leakage or flooding. Call a qualified
plumber to correct water hammer before installing
the water supply line to the refrigerator.
To prevent burns and product damage, do not hook
up the water line to the hot water line.
water line, make sure the icemaker power switch is
All installations must be in accordance with local
plumbing code requirements.
Connect to potable water supply only.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
• Copper or GE SmartConnect™ Refrigerator Tubing
ends of the tubing are cut square.
To determine how much tubing you need: measure
the distance from the water valve on the back of the
refrigerator to the water supply pipe. Be sure there
is sufficient extra tubing to allow the refrigerator to
move out from the wall after installation.
in the following lengths:
WHAT YOU WILL NEED (Cont.)
NOTE: The only GE Appliances approved plastic
tubing is that supplied in SmartConnect™
Refrigerator Tubing kits. Do not use any other
plastic water supply line because the line is
under pressure at all times. Certain types of
plastic will crack or rupture with age and cause
water damage to your home.
• A GE Appliances water supply kit (containing
tubing, shutoff valve and fittings listed below) is
available at extra cost from your dealer or from
• A cold water supply is required for automatic
icemaker operation. The water pressure must be
between 40 and 120 psi (275-827 kilopascals).
• Power drill.
• Straight and Phillips blade screwdriver.
2 ferrules (sleeves) - to connect the copper tubing
to the shutoff valve and the refrigerator water valve.
Tubing kit, the necessary fittings are preassembled
to the tubing.
at the end, you will need an adapter (available at
plumbing supply stores) to connect the water line to
the refrigerator OR you can cut off the flared fitting
with a tube cutter and then use a compression
• Shutoff valve to connect to the cold water line.
The shutoff valve should have a water inlet
point of connection to the COLD WATER LINE.
Saddle-type shutoff valves are included in many
water supply kits. Before purchasing, make sure a
saddle-type valve complies with your local plumbing
frequently used drinking water line.