Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If so, you can attempt to repair the problem on your own or call Santa Maria Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Santa Maria, California.

There are several reasons for a water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to stop working. Again, some reasons might sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as a power switch on the refrigerator has been the reason before. Be sure to inspect the obvious potential problems prior to proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to tackle this appliance repair issue and see all of the causes we can come up with for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

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

New Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just bought a new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it’s not working. The water dispenser must be hooked up to the water line. That might be the reason for the problem.

If the new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that didn’t include an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a possibility that you do not have a water line near this area. A water line is usually run from underneath the house either in a basement or crawl space. You can buy this type of water line at almost any hardware store and they are pretty simple for even the typical homeowner to install. Usually they have include 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 is a water line, is the valve on? The valve handle should be in line with the hose. And, is water going through the pipe you have installed to connect the water line? Obvious and common questions, but things that need to be checked.

If you had to remove the refrigerator doors during installation the water dispenser is not plugged in. Review the manual to find the wire harness for the particular model of refrigerator. Ensure that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

Once the water line is hooked up, usually there’s air in the water line. So, engaging and disengaging the dispenser lever on the refrigerator to get the air out is needed.
Filter Issues

On some models, there are different filters. These filters can “expire”, become clogged or get frozen. All of the filters are based on your model and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it might cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It’s recommended that your filter be changed every 6 months. Replacing filters can be challenging. If you have problems, go online or call us and find the right process to replace a filter.

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

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