How To Install Ice Maker In Whirlpool Refrigerator: A Quick and Easy Guide

Are you wondering how to install ice maker in whirlpool refrigerator? Do you have a whirlpool refrigerator at your home and doesn’t have ice maker and you want to install it and you don’t know how? Are used to calling a certified individual to install your ice maker which costs you some huge cash.

You are in the right place we’ll current to you how to install ice maker in whirlpool refrigerator to yourself without calling you an expert we’ll show you many things related to installations of an ice maker.

Please comply with and read the instructions and steps below from A to Z to know how to install ice maker in whirlpool refrigerator.

The following items are required to install the ice maker in the whirlpool refrigerator.

how to install ice maker in whirlpool refrigerator


• ¼” copper supply line with shutoff valve

• ¼” brass compression nut and ferrule

• Freezer shelf (Some models often aren’t equipped with the shelf). If your model doesn’t have one, contact your supplier to order one.

The copper tubing and shutoff valve can be found in a package out of your local {{hardware}} or plumbing supply retailer. Coil sufficient tubing at the back of the unit to permit movement for cleaning.

What tools need to install ice maker in whirlpool refrigerator?

  • PhillipsTM Screwdriver
  • ¼” Nut Driver
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Adjustable Wrench
  • Power Drill with PhillipsTM Bit
  • Regular screwdriver
  • 1/6” and 1/2” open-end wrenches
  • Hand drill with ¼” drill bit
  • Tubbing cutter
  • Small ¾ round file
  • Center punch

How to install ice maker in whirlpool refrigerator Step-By-Step

step1. unplug the refrigerator power cord from the electrical outlet or disconnect the power carefully.

Step2. pull the refrigerator away from the wall or cabinet space.

So you can easily access the rear panel.

Step3. All food items should be removed from the freezer compartment or from the area where the ice maker will be installed.

If an ice maker has not been installed in the refrigerator before you may need to:

Step4. remove a plug from the freezer compartment liner and a label and foam.

Step5. insert from the rear panel to expose the hole where the fill tube will be inserted.

Step6. unthread the screw.

Step7. remove the wiring cover

so you can access the icemaker wire harness.

Step8. slide the round foam gasket over the end of the fill tube.

Step9. insert the fill tube through the hole in the rear panel with the spout facing down.

Step10. use one or more ½ inch hex-head sheet metal screws to secure the fill tube to the rear panel.

unless you have a model with an open-top fill tube your next step is:

Step11. slide the appropriately sized tube extension over the end of the mounted fill tube.

Step12. Realign the wiring cover over the fill tube routing the wire harness through the slot.

Step13. secure it with the screw.

Step14. peel the backing from the two tubing retaining clips to expose the adhesive.

Step15. Aligned Eclipse on the right side of the rear panel spaces them near the middle of the panel for side-by-side models or when the freezer is on top and the lower portion of the panel when the freezer is on the bottom.

Step16. unthread the screws securing the lower rear access panel or if applicable to your model the single screws securing the small access cover.

Step17. set the panel or cover aside install the water inlet valve by first:

  • Connecting the wire connector to the solenoid.

Step18. align the valve bracket on the frame.

Step19. thread and tighten the two half-inch hex head screws to secure

Step20.  if applicable remove the plastic insert from the fill tube spout.

Step21. align the water valve tubing clamp over the spout.

Step22. thread a 1/2 inch hex head sheet metal screw by hand to hold the clamp in place but avoid


Step23. fully insert the metal water tube insert into the end of the tubing.

Step24. slide the end of the tubing into the end of the fill tube spout then tighten the tubing clamp screw.

Step25. with the tubing leading straight down from the fill tube :

  • Press the tubing into the two retaining clips.
  • Any access tubing should be looped below the water inlet valve and secured behind the retaining clip.

Step26. before you mount the ice maker:

  • confirm that there is an access hole for the fill tube
  • if not you will need to remove a knockout plug or tab

step27. If this is the first time an ice maker has been installed in the appliance you may need to:

  • remove a blank connector from the wire harness connector.
  • Remove the plugs from the three mounting holes in the liner.

Step28. for side-by-side models you will need to secure mounting clips by threading and tightening three-quarter-inch hex-head sheet metal screws in the top holes.

for models with the freezer on the top or bottom simply.

For models with the freezer on the top or bottom simply thread the screws into the holes allowing them to protrude out far enough to be able to hang the icemaker on them.

Step29. set the ice maker in the freezer compartment and connect the wire harness connectors.

Step30.  side-by-side models the icemaker mounting tabs can be slid under the mounting clips otherwise the mounting tabs can be hooked directly onto the screws as you align the fill tube in the access hole.

Step31. tighten the screws but avoid over-tightening.

Step32. thread and tighten the half-inch hex head sheet metal screw to secure the ice maker’s bottom mounting bracket.

The bottom bracket screws can be loosened to straighten and level the icemaker if necessary.

Step33. Retighten.

How to install water supply line and shut off valve in ice maker whirlpool refrigerator?

if a water supply line and shutoff valve are not already available in the home you will need to install them with the cold water supply shut off :

step34. use a quarter-inch drill bit to drill an access hole through the front of the nearest cold water supply pipe.

Step35. file down any rough edges.

Step36. thread the shut-off valve into the front pipe bracket and tighten it by hand.

Step37. use a wrench to turn the valve an additional 1/8 turn to fully secure.

Step38. slide the rubber seal gasket over the shutoff valves pilot tube.

Step39. insert the pilot tube into the hole in the water pipe position the rear pipe bracket then insert the screws through the brackets and thread on the mounting nuts.

Note: avoid over-tightening the nuts

after ensuring the end of the copper tubing is cut evenly and cleanly:

Step40. Slide on a compression nut and a compression sleeve.

Step41. fully insert the tubing into the outlet connector on the shutoff valve.

Step42. thread and hand tighten the compression nut.

Step43. use a wrench to tighten the nut one additional turn. make sure the opposite end of the tubing is cut evenly and cleanly.

Step44. with the cold water supply turned on:

  • rotate the T handle on the shutoff valve counterclockwise to fully open and flush out the copper tubing.

Step45. after a few seconds shut off the valve and clear the tubing of water.

Step46. slide a strain relief clamp over the copper tubing.

Step47. slide on the compression nut and the compression sleeve.

Step48. remove the protective cap from the inlet fitting on the water inlet valve.

Step49. fully insert the tubing into the water inlet connector.

Step50. thread and hand tighten the compression nut.

Step51. use a wrench to tighten the nut one additional turn.

Step52. open the shut-off valve again.

Step53. check both the shut-off valve and the water inlet valve for leakage.

if any leaks appear you can:

  • tighten the compression nut in small increments until the leakage stops.

Step54. replace the rear access panel or cover and secure it with the screws.


electrical shock hazard plug into a grounded three-prong outlet

  • do not remove ground Prag
  • do not use an adapter
  • do not use an extension cord

failure to follow these instructions can result in death fire or electrical shock.

Step55. plug the refrigerator power cord back into the electrical outlet.

Step56.  Carefully push the appliance back into its proper location.

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the ice maker should now be ready for use.