Did you know?
Seventy-five percent of incidents with ice makers were caused by faulty supply lines.
Did you know that 73% of losses involving an icemaker were caused by the failure of the supply line hose and 10% of incidents involved new refrigerators and were linked to improper installation.
The Institute of Business and Home Safety recommends homeowners check their ice maker lines to ensure no water damages occur.
- Proper installation of the icemaker supply line hose is important to avoiding water damage.
- Tightly connect the hose to the valve. Avoid over-tightening.
- Inspect the hose every six months.
- Ensure the valve connection is secure and check for kinks. If kinks are present, replace the hose. Leave a 3- to 4-inch space between the back of the refrigerator and the wall to prevent the hose from crimping.
- When pulling the refrigerator out for cleaning or service, avoid getting the hose caught beneath the wheel.
- Locate the water shut-off valve. Inspect the valve every six months to make sure the water supply will shut off.
- Replace the valve if needed.
(Information courtesy of the Institute of Business and Home Safety. More information can be found at www.ibhs.org.)