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 try to solve the problem on your own or call Hialeah Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Hialeah, Florida.

There are a lot of reasons for a water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some of the reasons might sound a bit crazy. However, something as simple as a power switch on the refrigerator has been the culprit in some instances. Be sure to check the obvious potential problems prior to proceeding with 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 reason for a water dispenser not working is typically either an installation issue, a filter problem or frozen water tubes:

Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just installed a brand new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it is not dispensing water. The water dispenser has to be connected to the water line. That could be the issue.

If your new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that didn’t feature an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a possibility that you don’t have a functioning water line running to this area. A water line is usually run from underneath the home either in a basement or crawl space. You can acquire this type of water line at almost any home repair store and they’re pretty simple for the average homeowner to install. Typically they have a a water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you should need to move the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If you have a connected water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle must be lined up with the hose. And, is water going through the pipe you have used to connect the water line? Obvious and basic questions, but things that need to be accounted for.

If you removed the doors during installation it is 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. Check that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

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

On some household refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters might “expire”, clog or become frozen. All of the filters are based on the style and brand of refrigerator. If your filter is clogged it will cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It’s recommended that your filter should be changed every 6 months. Replacing filters can be challenging. If you have issues, go online and find the proper process to change a filter.

One recommendation is to fill up the water filter with water before installation. Typically the water filters need a long time to fill up, which might cause you to assume the water dispenser isn’t working right. You will want to read the directions if all else fails. To ensure it’s not air trapped in the water lines, depress the dispenser lever for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might be the source of the issue as well on some models. If the tank freezes it will start to leak onto the food bins. Small amounts of food inside of the fresh food bins can cause freezing.