Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If not, you can try to solve the issue on your own or call First Rate Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Moore, Oklahoma.

There are many reasons for the water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some suggestions are going to sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as an off switch has been the reason in the past. Be sure to review the obvious potential problems prior to proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to tackle this appliance repair problem and see all of the reasons we can reference for a broken water dispenser.

The reason for a broken water dispenser is typically either an installation issue, 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 not working. The water dispenser must be hooked up to the home’s water line. That could be the reason for the issue.

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing an older refrigerator that did not feature a water dispenser or ice maker, there is a chance that you do not have a water line near this area. A water line is typically run from underneath the home either in a basement or crawl space. You can buy this line at nearly any home repair store and they’re pretty easy for the average homeowner to install. Typically they have a a water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you need to move the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If there’s an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle needs to be in line with the hose. And, is there water going through the pipe that you have installed to connect the water line? Simple and basic questions, but things that need to be accounted for.

If you had to remove the refrigerator doors during installation it’s possible the water dispenser might not be plugged in. Check the owner’s manual to see the wire harness for the particular refrigerator. Check that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

Once the water is hooked up, most of the time there’s air in it. So, engaging and disengaging the water dispenser control on the refrigerator to get the air out is needed.
Filter Issues

On some household refrigerators, there are different filters. These filters might “expire”, clog or become frozen. All filters are based on your model and brand of refrigerator. If your filter is clogged it will cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It is suggested that your filter be changed every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be challenging. If you have issues, go online and learn the right method to replace a filter.

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

A frozen water tank might be the reason for the problem as well on some models. If the tank is frozen it will leak onto the fresh food bins. Low amounts of food inside of the fresh food bins might cause freezing to happen.