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 Henry’s Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair The Villages, Florida.

There are many reasons for a water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some of the suggestions are going to sound a little strange. However, something as simple as an off switch has been the reason in the past. Be sure to inspect the obvious potential problems before moving forward with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s start to cover this appliance repair problem and see what reasons we can reference for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The cause of a water dispenser not working is typically an installation problem, a filter failure or frozen water tubes:

New Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just installed a brand new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it’s not working. The water dispenser has to be hooked up to the water line. That could be the problem.

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that didn’t include a water dispenser or ice maker, there’s a chance that you don’t have a water line running to this area of the kitchen. A water line is commonly run from underneath the house either in a basement or crawl space. You can buy this line at just about any home repair store and they’re pretty simple for even the average homeowner to install. Usually they have come with a water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you should need to relocate the refrigerator, you can turn 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 going through the pipe you have used to connect the water line? Simple and questions, but things that need to be checked.

If you had to remove the doors during installation the water dispenser might not be plugged in. Read the owner’s manual to see the wire harness for that particular model of refrigerator. Be sure that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

When the water line is connected, most of the time there’s air in the line. So, engaging and disengaging the water dispenser lever to get the air out of it is necessary.
Filter Problems

On some models, there are different filters. These filters might “expire”, clog or get frozen. All of the filters are dependent on your style and brand of refrigerator. If your filter is clogged it can cause slow filling or no flowing period. It’s suggested that your filter is changed every 6 months. Changing filters can be hard sometimes. If you run into hiccups, go online and find the right method to replace a filter.

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

A frozen water tank could be the cause of the issue as well on some refrigerators. If the water tank freezes it will start to leak onto the food bins. Limited food inside of the fresh food bins might cause freezing.