Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not working? If so, you can try to solve the problem by yourself or call Moreno Valley Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Moreno Valley, California.

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

The cause of a broken water dispenser is usually either an installation error, a filter failure or frozen water lines:

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just installed a new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it’s broken. The water dispenser has to be hooked up to the water line. That could be the problem.

If the new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that didn’t have a water dispenser or ice maker, there is a possibility that you don’t have a functioning water line near this area of the kitchen. A water line is commonly run from underneath the home either in a basement or crawl space. You can buy this line at just about any hardware store and they’re very easy for even the typical homeowner to install. Typically they have include a water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you need to relocate the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

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

If you removed the doors during installation it’s possible the water dispenser might not be plugged in. Check the owner’s manual to see the wire harness for the particular model of refrigerator. Be sure that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

If the water is connected, most of the time there’s air in the line. So, engaging and disengaging the water dispenser control on the refrigerator to get the air out of it is needed.
Filter Problems

On some household refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters can “expire”, become clogged or become frozen. All filters are dependent on the model and type of refrigerator. If the filter is clogged it will cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It is recommended that your filter is replaced every 6 months. Replacing filters can be challenging. If you have hiccups, go online and find the right process to change a filter.

One recommendation is to fill the filter with water prior to installing it. Typically the water filters need a long amount of time to fill up, which could lead you to assume that the water dispenser isn’t working. You will want to read the directions if all else fails. To be certain it’s not air trapped in the water lines, depress the dispenser arm for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might also be the cause of the problem as well in some models. If the tank is frozen it will leak onto the fresh food bins. Low amounts of food in the fresh food bins might cause freezing to occur.