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 attempt to solve the problem on your own or call Freedom Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Fontana, California.

There are many reasons for the water dispenser in a refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some suggestions might sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as a power switch on the refrigerator has been the cause in the past. Be sure to check the more obvious potential issues before proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover this appliance repair issue and see all of the causes we can come up with for a broken water dispenser.

The cause of a water dispenser not dispensing is typically an installation issue, a filter failure or frozen water lines:

Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just bought a new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it’s not working. The water dispenser must be hooked up to the water line. That might be the cause of the issue.

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that did not feature a water dispenser or ice maker, there is a possibility 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 home either in a basement or crawl space. You can get this line at almost any home repair store and they are pretty easy for the typical homeowner to install. Typically they have a a built-in water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you ever need to relocate the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

If there is an attached water line, is the valve on? The valve handle needs to be lined up with the hose. And, is there water running through the pipe you have installed to connect the water line? Simple and basic questions, but things that have to be confirmed.

If you had to remove the doors during installation it’s possible the water dispenser may not be plugged in. Read the manual to find the wire harness for the particular model of refrigerator. Check that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

If the water line is connected, usually there is air in it. So, lifting and lowering the water dispenser control to get the air out is necessary.
Filter Issues

On some of the household models, there are various filters. These filters could “expire”, clog or get frozen. All of the filters are based on your model and type of refrigerator. If your filter is clogged it might cause slow filling or no flowing. It’s suggested that your filter should be changed every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be challenging. If you run into hiccups, go online and find the proper process to change a filter.

One idea is to fill the filter with water prior to installation. Typically the water filters can need a long time to fill up, which might lead you to assume that the water dispenser on the refrigerator isn’t working. You should read the owner’s manual if all else fails. To ensure it is not air trapped in the lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser lever for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might also be the cause of the problem as well in some refrigerators. If the tank is frozen it will start to leak onto the food bins. Minimal food inside of the fresh food bins will cause freezing.