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 attempt to solve the problem by yourself or call Blair Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair.

There are several reasons for a water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to stop working. Again, some suggestions are going to sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as a power switch has been the culprit before. Be sure to check the more obvious potential problems 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.

The cause of a broken water dispenser is usually either an installation issue, a filter issue or frozen water lines:

New Refrigerator Installation Issues

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

If your new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that didn’t have an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a possibility that you don’t have a functioning water line running to this area. A water line is usually run from under a house either in a crawl space or basement. You can buy this type of water line at nearly any hardware store and they’re very easy for the typical homeowner to install. Typically they have come with a water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you need to move the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If you have a connected water line, is the valve on? The valve handle should be lined up with the hose. And, is there water running through the pipe you have installed to connect the water line? Obvious and questions, but items that have to be checked.

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 refrigerator. Check that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

Once the water is connected, usually there is air in it. So, lifting and lowering the dispenser control to get the air out of it is necessary.
Filter Problems

On some of the popular models, there are various filters. These filters can “expire”, become clogged or get frozen. All filters are based on your model and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it can cause slow filling or no flowing period. It’s suggested that your filter is replaced every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be hard sometimes. If you run into hiccups, go online and learn the proper method to replace a filter.

One idea is to fill the filter with water prior to installing it. Typically the water filters need a long amount of time to fill, which could lead you to think the water dispenser isn’t working. You should read the directions if all else fails. To ensure it’s not air caught in the water lines, depress the dispenser lever for around 5 minutes.

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