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 try to solve the issue by yourself or call Allen Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair South Dakota.

There are several reasons for a water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some of the suggestions are going to sound a little strange. However, something as obvious as a power switch has been the culprit in some instances. Be sure to check the more obvious potential problems before proceeding 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 typically an installation issue, a filter problem or frozen water tubes:

New Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just purchased a new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it’s not dispensing water. The water dispenser has to be connected to the home’s water line. That could be the cause of the problem.

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that did not feature an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a possibility that you don’t have a functioning water line near this area. Most of the time a water line is usually run from under a home either in a crawl space or basement. You can purchase this line at just about any hardware store and they’re very simple for even the typical homeowner to install. Typically they have come with a water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you should need to move the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

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

If you removed the refrigerator doors during installation it is possible the water dispenser may not be plugged in. Check the owner’s manual to find the wire harness for the particular refrigerator. Be sure 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 of it is needed.
Filter Problems

On some of the household models, there are various filters. These filters might “expire”, become clogged or get frozen. All of the filters are dependent on the style and type of refrigerator. If your filter is blocked it might cause slow filling or no flowing. It’s suggested that your filter is replaced every 6 months. Replacing filters can be difficult. If you run into issues, go online or call us and find the proper process to change a filter.

One suggestion is to fill up the filter with water before installing it. Typically the water filters take a long amount of time to fill, which could lead you to assume the water dispenser isn’t working. You will want to read the directions if all else fails. To ensure it’s not air caught in the water lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might be the source of the problem as well on some refrigerators. If the tank is frozen it will start to leak onto the fresh food bins. Low amounts of food in the fresh food bins will cause freezing to happen.