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 try to repair the problem by yourself or call Calhoun Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair.

There are a lot of reasons for the water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to not work. Again, some reasons might sound a little strange. However, something as obvious as a power switch on the refrigerator has been the cause in some instances. Be sure to inspect the obvious potential problems prior to proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s start to cover this appliance repair problem and see all of the solutions we can reference for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

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

Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just installed a new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it is not dispensing water. The water dispenser must be connected to the water line. That could be the cause of the issue.

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing an older refrigerator that did not include a water dispenser or ice maker, there’s a chance that you do not have a functioning water line running to this area. A water line is commonly run from underneath the home either in a basement or crawl space. You can buy this line at nearly any hardware store and they’re very simple for even the typical homeowner to install. Usually they have include a water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you ever need to move the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

If you have an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle should be lined up with the hose. And, is water running through the pipe that you have installed to connect the water line? Simple and questions, but items that need to be confirmed.

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

Once the water line is connected, most of the time there is air in the line. So, engaging and disengaging the water dispenser control to get the air out is necessary.
Filter Issues

On some refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters might “expire”, clog or freeze. All filters are dependent on your model and brand of refrigerator. If your filter is clogged it can cause slow filling or no flowing period. It is recommended that your filter is changed every 6 months. Changing filters can be difficult. If you have problems, go online or call us and learn the right method to change a filter.

One recommendation is to fill up the filter with water prior to installation. Typically the water filters need a long amount of time to fill up, which might lead you to believe that the water dispenser on the refrigerator isn’t working. You should read the directions if nothing is working. To be certain it is not air trapped in the water lines, depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

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