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 repair the issue on your own or call F&S Forest Hills Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Forest Hills, New York.

There are many reasons for the water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the suggestions are going to sound a little strange. However, something as simple as an on/off switch has been the reason in the past. Be sure to inspect the more obvious potential problems before moving forward with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover this appliance repair issue and see all of the solutions we can reference for a broken water dispenser.

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

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just installed a brand new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it’s not dispensing water. The water dispenser has to be hooked up to the water line. That could be the reason for the issue.

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that did not include an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a possibility that you do not have a functioning water line near this area. Most of the time a water line is commonly run from underneath the house either in a basement or crawl space. You can buy this line at just about any home repair store and they’re pretty easy for the typical homeowner to install. Typically they have come with a built-in water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you should need to move the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If there’s an attached water line, is the valve 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? Simple and questions, but things that have to be checked.

If you removed the doors during installation it’s possible the water dispenser may not be plugged in. Review the manual to see the wire harness for that particular refrigerator. Ensure that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

Once the water is hooked up, usually there’s air in the line. So, lifting and lowering the dispenser control to get the air out of it is needed.
Filter Problems

On some models, there are different filters. These filters could “expire”, become clogged or get frozen. All of the filters are dependent on your model and type of refrigerator. If the filter is clogged it can cause slow filling or no flowing. It’s suggested that your filter be replaced every 6 months. Replacing filters in a refrigerator can be difficult. If you have problems, go online and find the proper process to replace a filter.

One idea is to fill up the filter with water prior to installing it. Typically the water filters can take a long time to fill up, which might lead you to assume the water dispenser isn’t working. You will want to read the owner’s manual if nothing is working. To be sure it’s not air caught in the water lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser lever for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might be the source of the issue as well in some models. If the water tank is frozen it will leak onto the fresh food bins. Minimal food inside of the fresh food bins will cause freezing.