Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not dispensing water? If not, you can try to repair the issue on your own or call Choice Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Cypress, Texas.

There are a lot of reasons for the water dispenser in a refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some of the suggestions could sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as a power switch on the refrigerator has been the culprit in the past. Be sure to inspect the more obvious potential problems prior to moving forward 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 typically an installation error, a filter issue or frozen water lines:

Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just bought a new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it is broken. The water dispenser must be hooked up to the water line. That could be the problem.

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that didn’t have an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a chance that you don’t have a water line near this area of the kitchen. Most of the time a water line is commonly run from under a house either in a basement or crawl space. You can acquire this line at almost any home repair store and they’re pretty simple for the average homeowner to install. Usually they have come with a built-in water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you should need to move the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

If you have an attached water line, is the valve on? The valve handle must be in line with the hose. And, is there water going through the pipe that you have installed to connect the water line? Obvious and common questions, but items that need to be checked.

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

When the water is hooked up, usually there’s air in the water line. So, lifting and lowering the dispenser control to get the air out is needed.
Filter Problems

On some household refrigerators, there are different filters. These filters could “expire”, clog or get frozen. All of the filters are based on your model and type of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it will cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It is recommended that your filter is changed every 6 months. Changing filters can be hard sometimes. If you run into issues, go online and find the right process to replace a filter.

One recommendation is to fill the water filter with water before installing it. A lot of time the water filters can take a long amount of time to fill, which might lead you to believe that the water dispenser on the refrigerator is not working. You should read the owner’s manual if nothing is working. To be sure 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 source of the problem as well on some models. If the water tank is frozen it will leak onto the food bins. Minimal food in the fresh food bins might cause freezing.