Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not working? If so, you can attempt to repair the problem on your own or call Colton Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Colton, California.

There are a lot of reasons for a water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the suggestions could sound a little strange. However, something as obvious as an off switch on the refrigerator has been the reason in the past. Be sure to check the obvious potential problems prior to proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s start to cover this appliance repair issue and see all of the reasons we can reference for a broken water dispenser.

The cause of a water dispenser not dispensing is commonly either an installation error, a filter failure or frozen water tubes:

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just bought a new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it is broken. The water dispenser must be connected to the water line. That might be the problem.

If your new refrigerator is replacing a previous 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. Most of the time a water line is typically run from under a house either in a crawl space or basement. You can buy this line at almost any hardware store and they are pretty simple for the average homeowner to install. Usually they have come with a water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you ever need to relocate the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If you have a connected water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle needs to be in line with the hose. And, is water running 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 is not plugged in. Review the owner’s manual to find the wire harness for the particular model of refrigerator. Ensure that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

When the water line is connected, most of the time there is air in the line. So, lifting and lowering the water dispenser control on the refrigerator to get the air out is needed.
Filter Issues

On some of the household models, there are different filters. These filters might “expire”, become clogged or get frozen. All filters are dependent on the model and type of refrigerator. If your filter is blocked it will cause slow filling or no flowing. It’s recommended that your filter is changed every 6 months. Changing filters can be difficult. If you have issues, go online and learn the proper process to replace a filter.

One idea is to fill up the water filter with water before installation. Typically the water filters can take a long amount of time to fill, which might cause you to assume the water dispenser on the refrigerator isn’t working. You will want to read the directions if nothing is working. To ensure it is not air caught in the lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the reason for the issue as well on some refrigerators. If the water tank is frozen it will start to leak onto the fresh food bins. Small amounts of food in the fresh food bins will cause freezing.