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 repair the problem by yourself or call Pierce Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair CITY, STATE.

There are several reasons for the water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the suggestions could sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as an on/off switch on the refrigerator has been the reason in some instances. Be sure to inspect the obvious potential issues prior to moving forward with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to tackle this appliance repair problem and see what causes we can cite for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The cause of a water dispenser not dispensing is usually an installation error, a filter issue or frozen water lines:

Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just purchased a new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it is broken. The water dispenser has to be connected to the water line. That could be the cause of the issue.

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that didn’t have an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a possibility that you do not have a functioning water line running to this area of the kitchen. Most of the time a water line is typically run from under the home either in a basement or crawl space. You can purchase this line at almost any home repair store and they’re very simple for the typical homeowner to install. Usually they have come with a built-in water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you need to relocate the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

If you have a water line, is the valve on? The valve handle should be in line with the hose. And, is there water running through the pipe that you have used to connect the water line? Obvious and common questions, but things that need to be confirmed.

If you had to remove the refrigerator doors during installation the water dispenser isn’t plugged in. Check the manual to find the wire harness for the particular refrigerator. Check that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

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

On some models, there are different filters. These filters could “expire”, clog or freeze. All of the filters are dependent on your model and brand of refrigerator. If your filter is blocked it might cause slow filling or no flowing. It is recommended that your filter should be changed every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be difficult. If you have issues, go online or call us and find the proper method to change a filter.

One recommendation is to fill the filter with water before installation. A lot of time the water filters take a long amount of time to fill, which might cause you to believe the water dispenser isn’t working. You should read the directions if nothing is working. To ensure it’s not air trapped in the water lines, depress the dispenser lever for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the source of the problem as well on some refrigerators. If the water tank freezes it will leak onto the food bins. Minimal food in the fresh food bins can cause freezing to happen.


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