Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If so, you can try to repair the issue by yourself or call Pace Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair CITY, STATE.

There are many reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some suggestions are going to sound a little strange. However, something as simple as a power switch has been the culprit before. Be sure to inspect the obvious potential issues prior to moving forward with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover this appliance repair problem and see what causes we can reference for a broken water dispenser.

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

New Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just purchased a new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it’s broken. The water dispenser must be connected to the home’s water line. That might be the problem.

If the new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that didn’t include a water dispenser or ice maker, there’s a possibility that you do not have a functioning water line near this area of the kitchen. Most of the time a water line is commonly run from underneath a home either in a basement or crawl space. You can get this type of water line at just about any hardware store and they’re pretty easy for the average homeowner to install. Usually they have a a built-in water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you need to relocate the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If there is a connected water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle must be lined up with the hose. And, is water going through the pipe that you have used to connect the water line? Simple and common questions, but things that have to be accounted for.

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

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

On some of the refrigerators, there are different filters. These filters could “expire”, become clogged or get frozen. All filters are dependent on your model and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is clogged it will cause slow filling or no flowing period. It is recommended that your filter is replaced every 6 months. Replacing filters in a refrigerator can be challenging. If you have problems, go online and learn the right process to change a filter.

One recommendation is to fill up the water filter with water before installing it. Typically the water filters will need a long time to fill up, which might lead you to believe that the water dispenser on the refrigerator is not working. You will want to read the manual if all else fails. To be sure it is not air trapped in the lines, depress the dispenser lever for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the reason for the problem as well in some refrigerators. If the tank is frozen it will leak onto the fresh food bins. Low amounts of food in the fresh food bins might cause freezing.