Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not working? If so, you can attempt to repair the problem on your own or call Powell Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair CITY, STATE.

There are several reasons for the water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some suggestions could sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as an on/off switch has been the culprit before. Be sure to check the obvious potential issues before proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover this appliance repair problem and see what causes we can come up with for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The reason for a broken water dispenser is usually either an installation error, a filter problem or frozen water lines:

Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just purchased a brand new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it’s not working. The water dispenser has to be connected to the water line. That might be the issue.

If your new refrigerator is replacing an older refrigerator that did not have an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a possibility that you don’t have a water line near this area. A water line is usually run from underneath a house either in a crawl space or basement. You can acquire this type of water line at just about any hardware store and they are very simple for the average homeowner to install. Usually they have a a built-in water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you should need to move the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If there’s an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle should be lined up with the hose. And, is water going through the pipe you have used to connect the water line? Obvious and common questions, but items that need to be checked.

If you removed the doors during installation the water dispenser isn’t plugged in. Check the manual to find the wire harness for that particular refrigerator. Be sure that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

If the water line is connected, usually there’s air in it. So, engaging and disengaging the water dispenser lever on the refrigerator to get the air out is necessary.
Filter Problems

On some of the household models, there are different filters. These filters might “expire”, clog or get frozen. All of the filters are based on the model and type of refrigerator. If your filter is clogged it can cause slow filling or no flowing period. It is recommended that your filter should be replaced every 6 months. Replacing filters can be challenging. If you have problems, go online and find the right method to replace a filter.

One suggestion is to fill the water filter with water prior to installation. A lot of time the water filters can take a long amount of time to fill, which could lead you to assume the water dispenser on the refrigerator is not working. You will want to read the directions if all else fails. To be certain it is not air trapped in the water lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the source of the problem as well on some refrigerators. If the tank freezes it will begin to leak onto the fresh food bins. Limited food inside of the fresh food bins can cause freezing.

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