So I bought a new fridge that happens to be a little deeper than counter depth. After getting the fridge to our house, we realized that our cabinetry is designed for counter depth. We actually like the fridge despite the fact that it comes out "a little" further than it should so we are keeping it. The only problem is that we haven't connected the water line yet. The house was built in 2013 and it has a recessed shutoff in the wall, ready for the water line. The only issue is that I want to be able to push the fridge back as far as possible without causing any distress to the line. I purchased both a copper, plastic and braided stainless steel line and am willing to use whichever would be best for my situation. I feel like since my shutoff in the wall is set directly forward that I'd benefit from some sort of right angle (elbow) connection to take away some pressure but I don't want to add more parts that could eventually fail. Advice/suggestion? I can provide pics if needed.
If the arrangement is typical, it will look something like this:
Perhaps from this, you can see how the copper tubing can be bent to be flat against the wall and form a coil like this:
Arranged this way, it is okay to move the fridge all the way back, pressing the tubing into position—which helps keep it from rattling. There should be no sharp or pointed surfaces on the lower back of the refrigerator. If there are, maybe you can cover them with heavy tape or cloth.
I would use a swivel connector and plastic tubing 1/4 inch in diameter. 2 loops for flexibility will not take up too much space. You might want to leave a small gap in the rear for ventilation purposes.
Along with what the other responses tell you, if you are still nervous, get some sick-on rubber feet (search 'rubber feet' at amazon for ideas). Get big ones (I saw some up to 1 or 1.5 inches) and sick them in the corners of the rear of the fridge. The idea is that the rubber bumpers will hit the back wall, and no matter how hard you press, you won't be able to damage the tubing.
Of course, make sure you put them in places, where the rubber feet won't be hitting the tubing (I'm thinking 2 feet, one on either side, mid-way up the back of the fridge).
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