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 R&D Colorado Springs Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Colorado Springs, Colorado.

There are a lot of reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to not work. Again, some of the reasons might sound a bit crazy. However, something as simple as a power switch on the refrigerator has been the reason before. Be sure to review the obvious potential problems before proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s start to tackle this appliance repair problem and see all of the solutions we can come up with for a broken water dispenser.

The cause of a broken water dispenser is commonly an installation error, a filter issue or frozen water tubes:

Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just installed a new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it’s broken. The water dispenser must be hooked up to the water line. That could be the issue.

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that didn’t include an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a chance that you don’t have a water line running to this area. A water line is usually run from underneath the home either in a crawl space or basement. You can purchase this line at nearly any home repair store and they’re very easy for the average homeowner to install. Typically they have include a water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you ever need to relocate the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If there’s a water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle needs to be in line with the hose. And, is there water running through the pipe that you have used to connect the water line? Simple and questions, but items that need to be confirmed.

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

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

On some refrigerators, there are different filters. These filters might “expire”, clog or become frozen. All of the filters are based on the style and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is clogged it will cause slow filling or no flowing. It’s suggested that your filter should be replaced every 6 months. Changing filters can be challenging. If you run into hiccups, go online or call us and learn the proper process to replace a filter.

One recommendation is to fill up the filter with water before installation. A lot of time the water filters can need a long amount of time to fill up, which could cause you to assume that the water dispenser on the refrigerator is not working. You should read the directions if nothing is working. 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 reason for the issue as well on some models. If the tank freezes it will start to leak onto the food bins. Low amounts of food in the fresh food bins might cause freezing.