Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If not, you can try to repair the problem on your own or call Finest Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Garland, Texas.

There are several reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to not work. Again, some reasons could sound a little strange. However, something as simple as an on/off switch on the refrigerator has been the reason before. Be sure to review the obvious potential issues prior to moving forward with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to tackle this appliance repair problem and see all of the causes we can reference for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

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

New Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just purchased a new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it’s broken. The water dispenser has to be connected to the home’s water line. That could be the issue.

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that did not include a water dispenser or ice maker, there is a possibility that you do not have a water line running to this area of the kitchen. A water line is typically run from underneath the house either in a crawl space or basement. You can purchase this line at just about any hardware store and they are pretty simple for even the average homeowner to install. Usually they have include a built-in water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you need to move the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

If you have a connected water line, is the valve on? The valve handle must be lined up with the hose. And, is water running through the pipe you have installed to connect the water line? Simple and questions, but things that need to be confirmed.

If you had to remove the refrigerator doors during installation it is possible the water dispenser may not be plugged in. Review the owner’s manual to find the wire harness for that particular refrigerator. Be sure that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

Once the water is hooked up, usually there is air in it. So, engaging and disengaging the dispenser control to get the air out of it is necessary.
Filter Problems

On some household 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 might cause slow filling or no flowing period. It’s recommended that your filter should be changed every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be challenging. If you have hiccups, go online or call us and learn the right method to change a filter.

One idea is to fill the filter with water before installation. A lot of time the water filters take a long time to fill, which might lead you to think the water dispenser isn’t working. You should read the directions if all else fails. To ensure it’s not air trapped in the lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser lever for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might also be the reason for the problem as well in some models. If the tank freezes it will leak onto the fresh food bins. Minimal food in the fresh food bins can cause freezing.