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Electrical Requirements; Connecting The Refrigerator To A Water Source - Whirlpool TOP-MOUNT REFRIGERATOR Use & Care Manual

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If your refrigerator has an ice maker, make sure you leave
some extra space at the back for the water line connections.
If you are installing your refrigerator next to a fixed wall, leave
2 in. (5.08 cm) minimum on the hinge side (depending on your
model) to allow for the door to swing open.
Level the refrigerator (see "Door Closing and Alignment").
NOTE: Do not install the refrigerator near an oven, radiator, or
other heat source, nor in a location where the temperature will fall
below 40°F (5°C).

Electrical Requirements

WARNING
Electrical Shock Hazard
Plug into a grounded 3 prong outlet.
Do not remove ground prong.
Do not use an adapter.
Do not use an extension cord.
Failure to follow these instructions can result in
death, fire, or electrical shock.
Before you move your refrigerator into its final location, it is
important to make sure you have the proper electrical
connection:
Recommended grounding method
A 115 Volt, 60 Hz., AC only 15 or 20 ampere fused, grounded
electrical supply is required. It is recommended that a separate
circuit serving only your refrigerator be provided. Use an outlet
that cannot be turned off by a switch. Do not use an
extension cord.
NOTE: Before performing any type of installation, cleaning, or
removing a light bulb, turn the control, (Thermostat, Refrigerator
or Freezer Control depending on the model) to OFF and then
disconnect the refrigerator from the electrical source. When you
are finished, reconnect the refrigerator to the electrical source
and reset the control (Thermostat, Refrigerator or Freezer Control
depending on the model) to the desired setting.
Connecting the Refrigerator
to a Water Source
Read all directions carefully before you begin.
IMPORTANT:
If operating the refrigerator before installing the water
connection, turn ice maker to the OFF position to prevent
operation without water.
All installations must be in accordance with local plumbing
code requirements.
Use copper tubing and check for leaks.
Install copper tubing only in areas where temperatures will
remain above freezing.
It may take up to 24 hours for your ice maker to begin
producing ice.
Tools required:
Standard screwdriver
⁷⁄₁₆ in. and ¹⁄₂ in. open-end wrenches or two adjustable
wrenches
¹⁄₄ in. nut driver
¹⁄₄ in. drill bit
Hand drill or electric drill (properly grounded)
NOTE: Your refrigerator dealer has a kit available with a
¹⁄₄ in. (6.35 mm) saddle-type shut-off valve, a union, and copper
tubing. Before purchasing, make sure a saddle-type valve
complies with your local plumbing codes. Do not use a piercing-
type or ³⁄₁₆ in. (4.76 mm) saddle valve which reduces water flow
and clogs more easily.
Cold Water Supply
The ice maker water valve contains a flow washer which is used
as a water pressure regulator. The ice maker needs to be
connected to a cold water line with water pressure between 30
and 120 psi. If a problem occurs, call your utility company.
Connecting to water line:
1. Unplug refrigerator or disconnect power.
2. Turn OFF main water supply. Turn ON nearest faucet long
enough to clear line of water.
3. Find a ¹⁄₂ in. (12.7 mm) to 1¹⁄₄ in. (3.18 cm) vertical COLD
water pipe near the refrigerator.
NOTE: Horizontal pipe will work, but the following procedure
must be followed: Drill on the top side of the pipe, not the
bottom. This will help keep water away from the drill. This
also keeps normal sediment from collecting in the valve.
4. To determine the length of copper tubing you will need,
measure from connection on lower left rear of refrigerator to
water pipe. Add 7 feet (2.1 m) to allow for moving refrigerator
for cleaning. Use ¹⁄₄ in. (6.35 mm) O.D. (outside diameter)
copper tubing. Be sure both ends of copper tubing are cut
square.
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