Plumbing in an American style fridge freezer

Plumbing in an American style fridge freezer can be a daunting task, but it is not impossible.

The first thing you need to do is make sure you have a water supply and drain in the area where you plan to put the fridge. Most often, people who want to install an American-style fridge freezer prefer to place it in their kitchen.

In this article, we will discuss how to plumb in an American style fridge freezer, step by step.

Step 1: Purchase a Fridge Freezer with Plumbing Capability

Not all American-style fridge freezers come with plumbing capability. Make sure to purchase a fridge freezer that has a built-in water dispenser and ice maker that requires plumbing.

Step 2: Check if You Have a Water Supply and Drain

Before purchasing the fridge freezer, check if you have access to a water supply and drain in the area where you want to install the appliance. If not, you may need to hire a plumber to install these for you. Choose a location that is close to a water supply and drain, preferably in your kitchen, and ensure there is enough space around the fridge freezer to allow for ventilation. Proper ventilation will prevent the appliance from overheating and reducing its lifespan.

Step 3: Connect the Water Supply

The next step is to connect the water supply to your fridge freezer, which requires tubing. Most American style fridge freezers come with a water supply kit that includes tubing. (If your fridge freezer doesn’t come with a kit, you can purchase one from any large hardware store). To connect the tubing, start by finding the water shut-off valve in your home. Turn off the valve to cut off the water supply. Next, attach one end of the tubing to the shut-off valve and the other end to the connector on the back of your fridge freezer. Tighten the connections on both ends of the tubing to prevent leaks. Once you’ve connected the tubing, turn the water supply back on and wait for the water to start flowing into the fridge freezer.

Step 4: Connect the Drain Pipe

Connecting the drain pipe is the next step in plumbing in your American-style fridge freezer. The drain pipe is responsible for removing excess water from the appliance.

Start by attaching the drain pipe to the drain connector located at the back of your fridge freezer. The connector should be clearly labeled. Once you have attached the drain pipe, run it to the nearest sink or drain in your home.

(Not all models have this and have a standard drip tray).

Step 5: Test the Fridge Freezer

Once you have connected the water supply and drain pipe, test your fridge freezer to ensure everything is working correctly. Fill up the water dispenser and check if water is dispensing from the fridge. Check if the ice maker is producing ice as well. Make sure to check for any leaks in the tubing or drain pipe.


Plumbing in an American-style fridge freezer is not as difficult as it may seem. By following the steps above, you can install the appliance without any major issues.

How can we help?

If you’re unsure about any of the steps, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. MP Plumbing Services can assist you in installing your American-style fridge freezer, ensuring it works perfectly and lasts for years to come. Please contact us today

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