Running a water line for the fridge…

So I just bought a new fridge and I need to get a copper water line ran to it. I had a plumber today come by and quote 330-350? I think to do it.. It seems a little pricey just for one small copper line….

Just curious if anyone would shed light on the cost and/or difficulty to do this.
well, we got a new fridge last year and installed it ourselves (seemed easy) but then water went everywhere

we just got a good friend who knows plumbing to do it…he was done in less than 5 minutes

definitely not worth $300+
Sounds like an excessive amount of money to do that. EXCESSIVE
Most appliance dealers deliver free and install appliances for a small fee to cover their costs. Also, there are people who just install dishwashers, garbage disposals, etc and charge a reasonable fee. Fucck the plumber and his primadona fee schedule.
It really depends on what all needs to be done. Did he give you that quote over the phone or after looking at it? Sometimes the fridge isn’t close to a supply, so the pipe has to be run a ways. Copper has quadrupled in price in the past couple years, so that could be adding to the cost if the run is long.

What usually has to happen is a little addition between the valve for the sink and the connecting tube. But in some cases (especially in older houses) pipes must be cut and resoldered.

If the plumber gave you a quote over the phone without looking at it, I might suggest talking to another one. If you know where your sink valve is, you could probably do it yourself. The thing you really have to be careful about is when connecting it to your fridge, make sure it’s not going to get jostled too much or pinched when you’re pushing the fridge back into place (the connections for that plumbing is kinda delicate). I helped someone do theirs last year, and since their fridge was getting pushed back into a cubby, I duct taped the plumbing to the fridge in such a way to relieve stress on the joint.
He did this when he came over… He also charged me 95 bucks to turn on my water heater… Yes I know its stupid that I paid someone else to do it. But I kept trying to do it myself and I could not get the pilot to light. I figured that is a little extensive. He does have to run a line under the house, if he comes by the sink its about 8-10 feet of line under the house.. But there may be water lines near the fridge under the house. Since the way these houses in my area were set up, where the fridge is now was the old laundry rooms. You figure there should be somewhere close to tap in from the old laundry lines.
if he’s tapping into lines under the house, then that will involve cutting and resoldering. That is certainly specialized work. Even if you have to go under the house with the line (instead of running behind cabinets or something) then it might not be that bad of a price afterall.

you could still go to a library and borrow a bob veila book and have it done yourself in about an hour. its not that hard. the last one i did which was years ago had a copper t fitting. cut the feed line. solder the fitting in. then the hose was rubber and it ran to the back of the fridge. easy as apple pie
Dude, there is no fricken way that would pay someone $300 to run that line. However, since you mentioned that you couldn’t get a pilot light lit on your HWH, you may want to let a pro handle it. Know your limitations, especially when cutting a water line.

I cut into (2) 1/2" copper lines in my basement and sweated on tees and new pipe for a utlity sink. I had never done any soldering of water lines before and I found it to be pretty easy.

You are probably looking at $30 in parts to run that line. Torch, pipe cutter, solder, flux, some 1/2" copper, and some flexible 1/4"(?) to the fridge. Maybe a compression fitting in there somewhere also.

Find a handy friend and buy them some beer!

Lol, soldering with a blow torch is a little more specialized than I would ever suggest someone learning on installed plumbing. I learned with test pieces of pipe (and back then copper was a lot cheaper). Plus if you’ve never done it before you’d need to go buy a blow torch, copper pipe cutting tool, solder, and copper pipe dope (and sand paper if you didn’t have any).

I’m not saying it’s difficult… I just wouldn’t suggest doing it for the first time on installed plumbing.
you paid 95 bucks to have the pilot lit on your water heater?

If it goes out again, give me a call..

you paid 95 bucks to have the pilot lit on your water heater?

If it goes out again, give me a call..

Ya I know its a retarded move. I understand how to do it now. I think I am going to find someone who is more skilled in this dept and is a friend to help me out. So I can sit shotgun and learn how he does it so I can handle running lines like this in the future.

Dont feel bad everyone has their areas of expertise. I would not pay someone that money to do it yet I would pay someone $1000 to paint the inside of my house because I cant fucking stand it.
Unless the installation is slab and the water feed line has to go through the cabinet kick space, a copper feed line is a simple installation. Complete with tapping valve, formed coil of line so the refrigerator can be moved for service, I wouldn’t charge more than $150. That being said, I haven’t seen the job, and they can be stinkers.
don’t know if it’s been said, but you SHOULDN’T havn’t to run a copper line straight to the fridge. You can go out to Home Depot or somewhere similar and get an installation kit that comes with a length of plastic tube, proper compression fittings and a little vampire clamp fitting.
Use the Compression fitting on one side, from the plastic tube to the fridge. Then either route the tubing to the basement or to a sink or wherever a closer water source is. And put the vamp clamp on the existing copper pipe. Tighten it down and it pierces the copper pipe, hook the hose up to the vamp clamp and voila. WATER

don’t know if it’s been said, but you SHOULDN’T havn’t to run a copper line straight to the fridge. You can go out to Home Depot or somewhere similar and get an installation kit that comes with a length of plastic tube, proper compression fittings and a little vampire clamp fitting.
Use the Compression fitting on one side, from the plastic tube to the fridge. Then either route the tubing to the basement or to a sink or wherever a closer water source is. And put the vamp clamp on the existing copper pipe. Tighten it down and it pierces the copper pipe, hook the hose up to the vamp clamp and voila. WATER

ive seen these kits and they look worthwhile. also a lot easier to change if they ever crack

don’t know if it’s been said, but you SHOULDN’T havn’t to run a copper line straight to the fridge. You can go out to Home Depot or somewhere similar and get an installation kit that comes with a length of plastic tube, proper compression fittings and a little vampire clamp fitting.
Use the Compression fitting on one side, from the plastic tube to the fridge. Then either route the tubing to the basement or to a sink or wherever a closer water source is. And put the vamp clamp on the existing copper pipe. Tighten it down and it pierces the copper pipe, hook the hose up to the vamp clamp and voila. WATER

I got something similar, but mine came with copper tubing and I had to drill a hole into my pvc water line. But it just clamped over the hole and I ran the tubing up through another hole I drilled in my kitchen floor. Pretty easy and no leaks so far 5 years later.