Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not working? If not, you can try to repair the problem on your own or call Albany Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Albany, Georgia.

There are many reasons for a water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to not work. Again, some reasons could sound a little strange. However, something as simple as a power switch on the refrigerator has been the cause before. Be sure to review the more obvious potential problems prior to proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s start to tackle this appliance repair issue and see all of the solutions we can come up with for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The reason for a water dispenser not working is usually either an installation issue, a filter failure or frozen water lines:

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just purchased a new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it is broken. The water dispenser has to 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 a water dispenser or ice maker, there’s a possibility that you do not have a water line running to this area of the kitchen. A water line is usually run from under the home either in a crawl space or basement. You can buy this type of water line at nearly any home repair store and they’re pretty easy for even the average homeowner to install. Typically they have include a 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 an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle should be lined up with the hose. And, is there water running through the pipe that you have installed to connect the water line? Obvious and basic questions, but items that need to be checked.

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

When the water is hooked up, usually there is air in it. So, engaging and disengaging the dispenser control on the refrigerator to get the air out is needed.
Filter Issues

On some of the popular refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters might “expire”, become clogged or freeze. All filters are dependent on the model and brand of refrigerator. If your filter is blocked it can cause slow filling or no flowing. It’s suggested that your filter is changed every 6 months. Replacing filters can be challenging. If you have hiccups, go online and learn the proper process to change a filter.

One idea is to fill up the filter with water prior to installation. A lot of time the water filters will need a long time to fill, which could cause you to believe that the water dispenser is not working. You should read the owner’s manual if all else fails. To be certain it is not air trapped in the lines, depress the dispenser lever for about 5 minutes.

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