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 attempt to solve the problem by yourself or call Long Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair CITY, STATE.

There are a lot of reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the suggestions could sound a little strange. However, something as simple as a power switch on the refrigerator has been the cause in some instances. Be sure to review the obvious potential problems before proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s start to cover this appliance repair issue and see all of the causes we can come up with for a broken water dispenser.

The reason for a water dispenser not dispensing is usually either an installation issue, a filter problem or frozen water lines:

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just bought a new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it’s not dispensing water. The water dispenser has to be connected to the water line. That could be the problem.

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that did not have a water dispenser or ice maker, there is a chance that you do not have a water line near this area of the kitchen. Most of the time a water line is usually run from underneath a house either in a crawl space or basement. You can purchase this line at almost any hardware store and they are pretty easy for the average homeowner to install. Usually they have include a built-in water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you should need to relocate the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

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

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

Once the water is connected, most of the time there’s air in it. So, lifting and lowering the water dispenser control to get the air out is needed.
Filter Issues

On some of the refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters can “expire”, become clogged or get frozen. All filters are based on your model and brand of refrigerator. If your filter is blocked it will cause slow filling or no flowing. It is suggested that your filter be replaced every 6 months. Replacing filters in a refrigerator can be hard sometimes. If you run into issues, go online and find the proper method to change a filter.

One suggestion is to fill up the water filter with water before installing it. Typically the water filters will take a long amount of time to fill up, which could cause you to think the water dispenser on the refrigerator is not working. You will want to read the owner’s manual if nothing is working. To ensure it’s not air caught in the water lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser lever for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might also be the source of the problem as well on some models. If the tank is frozen it will leak onto the food bins. Small amounts of food inside of the fresh food bins might cause freezing to occur.