Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not dispensing water? If so, you can attempt to repair the problem on your own or call Eastvale Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Eastvale, California.

There are several reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to not work. Again, some reasons are going to sound a little strange. However, something as obvious as a power switch on the refrigerator has been the culprit before. Be sure to review the obvious potential issues prior to proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover this appliance repair issue and see what causes we can cite for a broken water dispenser.

The reason for a broken water dispenser is commonly an installation error, a filter issue or frozen water lines:

Refrigerator Installation Issues

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

If the new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that did not feature an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a chance that you do not have a functioning water line near this area. Most of the time a water line is usually run from under the house either in a crawl space or basement. You can get this type of water line at nearly any hardware store and they’re pretty easy for the average homeowner to install. Typically they have include a water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you should 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 in line with the hose. And, is water going through the pipe that you have used to connect the water line? Obvious and common questions, but items that need to be accounted for.

If you had to remove the doors during installation the water dispenser might not be plugged in. Check the manual to see the wire harness for that particular refrigerator. Check that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

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

On some popular models, there are different filters. These filters might “expire”, become clogged or freeze. All filters are dependent on your style and type of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it can cause slow filling or no flowing period. It’s suggested that your filter is changed every 6 months. Changing filters can be challenging. If you run into problems, go online and find the proper process to replace a filter.

One suggestion is to fill the water filter with water prior to installation. Typically the water filters take a long time to fill up, which could lead you to believe the water dispenser is not working right. You will want to read the directions if all else fails. To ensure it’s not air caught in the water lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser arm for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the reason for the issue as well in some models. If the water tank freezes it will start to leak onto the fresh food bins. Limited food inside of the fresh food bins might cause freezing.