Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If so, you can try to solve the problem by yourself or call Reed Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair CITY, STATE.

There are several reasons for a water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some suggestions are going to sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as a power switch on the refrigerator has been the cause in the past. Be sure to inspect the more obvious potential problems before moving forward with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover this appliance repair problem and see what reasons we can come up with for a broken water dispenser.

The cause of a water dispenser not working is commonly either an installation error, a filter problem or frozen water tubes:

Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just bought a brand new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it’s broken. The water dispenser must be connected to the home’s water line. That might be the cause of the problem.

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that did not have a water dispenser or ice maker, there’s a possibility that you don’t have a functioning water line running to this area of the kitchen. A water line is usually run from underneath a house either in a crawl space or basement. You can get this type of water line at almost any home repair store and they’re pretty simple for the typical homeowner to install. Typically they have include a built-in water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you ever need to relocate the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

If there is an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle needs to be in line with the hose. And, is there water running through the pipe you have used to connect the water line? Simple and basic questions, but things that need to be checked.

If you had to remove the doors during installation it’s possible the water dispenser isn’t plugged in. Read the owner’s manual to see the wire harness for that particular refrigerator. Check that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

If the water is hooked up, most of the time there is air in the line. So, lifting and lowering the dispenser lever to get the air out of it is needed.
Filter Issues

On some refrigerators, there are different filters. These filters might “expire”, become clogged or freeze. All filters are based on your model and brand of refrigerator. If your filter is blocked it can cause slow filling or no flowing period. It is suggested that your filter is changed every 6 months. Changing filters can be difficult. If you have issues, go online and find the right process to replace a filter.

One suggestion is to fill up the water filter with water before installing it. Typically the water filters need a long amount of time to fill, which might cause you to think that the water dispenser isn’t working right. You should read the manual if all else fails. To be certain it’s not air caught in the water lines, depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might also be the source of the problem as well in some refrigerators. If the tank is frozen it will begin to leak onto the food bins. Limited food in the fresh food bins can cause freezing to occur.

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