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Hi,

I am having my old 15 yr. old fridge replaced.
My old fridge has a copper water line installed from under the sink to the back of the fridge.  Under the sink is also a filter that connects to the copper water line.  I have never replaced the filter nor have I used the water line for about 4 years.
The new fridge has inside its own replaceable water filter.
1: Do I need the filter at all that is under the sink since the new fridges come with their own filters? If old filter not needed, can I remove the old filter and re-connect the old copper tube or should I just leave the old filter? 2: Do I need to replace the old copper with a new Copper kit anyway with a new fridge?   3: Should I also purchase a stainless steel waterline to connect to the copper line and than 2 the new fridge for when I pull out to clean?
Thank you

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You'll probably need to replace the old line anyway-as soon as you touch it it will start to leak! You'll find that you will probably need to contact a plumber to remove the old line (it is probably a "saddle-valve", and that too will leak when you disturb it).

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I am a self-employed Major Appliance Service Technician. I can answer MOST major appliance questions, and I will only tell you the CORRECT way to fix something (as I would in my customer's house). Some models are not available in Canada however (and vise-versa), and although "a dryer is a dryer" (for example), I am more familiar with North American models. Remember, I HAVEN'T seen EVERYTHING, and it's sometimes really difficult to diagnose problems just by a description in a letter. I try my best though. :)

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I have been a Technician in the Major Appliance field since 1995, after I graduated from Lambton College in Sarnia, Ontario, in which I took the Major Appliance Repair Technician Program. I have been self-employed since 1998, and cover most major brands. I am an authorized servicer for Whirlpool Canada.

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I belong to the Southwestern Ontario Better Business Bureau, and am a registered contractor with T.S.S.A. (The Technical Standards & Safety Authority regulate gas fitters and the fuels industry). By law, you MUST be registered as a contractor with T.S.S.A. to repair ANY gas appliance in Ontario.

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I graduated from the Major Appliance Repair Program at Lambton College in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. I have obtained my Certificate of Accreditation from The Canadian Electronic & Appliance Service Association in 1997, and my Certificate of Qualification from the Ontario Government in 2000. I am also a Licensed Gas Fitter (G2).

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