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 Gaithersburg Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Gaithersburg, Maryland.

There are a lot of reasons for the water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some of the reasons are going to sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as a power switch has been the cause in some instances. Be sure to inspect the more obvious potential issues prior to moving forward with refrigerator repair. Let’s start to cover this appliance repair problem and see all of the reasons we can come up with for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The reason for a water dispenser not dispensing is commonly an installation issue, a filter problem or frozen water tubes:

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just bought a brand new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it is broken. The water dispenser has to be hooked up to the home’s water line. That might be the cause of the issue.

If your new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that did not feature an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a possibility that you do not have a water line running to this area of the kitchen. A water line is typically run from underneath a house either in a crawl space or basement. You can buy this type of water line at almost any home repair store and they are very simple for even the average homeowner to install. Typically they have include a water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you should need to move the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

If there’s an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle must be lined up with the hose. And, is water going through the pipe you have installed to connect the water line? Simple and common questions, but things that need to be confirmed.

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

If the water line is hooked up, most of the time there’s air in it. So, lifting and lowering the water dispenser control on the refrigerator to get the air out is necessary.
Filter Issues

On some models, there are various filters. These filters can “expire”, clog or freeze. All of the filters are dependent on the model and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is clogged it will cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It’s recommended that your filter should be replaced every 6 months. Changing filters can be hard sometimes. If you have hiccups, go online and learn the right method to replace a filter.

One idea is to fill up the filter with water before installation. Typically the water filters will take a long time to fill up, which might cause you to assume that the water dispenser is not working right. You should read the manual if all else fails. To be sure it is not air trapped in the water lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser arm for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might also be the reason for the problem as well on some models. If the water tank is frozen it will start to leak onto the fresh food bins. Limited food in the fresh food bins will cause freezing.