Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not dispensing water? If not, you can try to solve the problem by yourself or call Buckner Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair CITY, STATE.

There are several reasons for a water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to stop working. Again, some reasons might sound a bit crazy. However, something as simple as an on/off switch on the refrigerator has been the reason before. Be sure to check the obvious potential problems before proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s start to tackle this appliance repair problem and see what causes we can reference for a broken water dispenser.

The reason for a water dispenser not dispensing is commonly an installation problem, a filter issue or frozen water tubes:

Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just bought a new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it is not working. The water dispenser has to be connected to the water line. That could be the cause of the problem.

If your new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that didn’t feature an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a chance that you don’t have a functioning water line near this area of the kitchen. A water line is usually run from underneath the house either in a basement or crawl space. You can get this line at just about any hardware store and they’re very simple for even 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 there’s a water line, is the valve on? The valve handle should be lined up with the hose. And, is there water going through the pipe you have used to connect the water line? Simple and common questions, but things that need to be confirmed.

If you removed the refrigerator doors during installation it is possible the water dispenser may not be plugged in. Review the manual to find the wire harness for that particular model of refrigerator. Ensure that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

When the water is hooked up, usually there’s air in it. So, engaging and disengaging the water dispenser lever on the refrigerator to get the air out is necessary.
Filter Problems

On some household models, there are different filters. These filters can “expire”, clog or freeze. All of the filters are based on the style and type of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it can cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It’s suggested that your filter be changed every 6 months. Changing filters can be difficult. If you have issues, go online or call us and learn the right process to change a filter.

One suggestion is to fill up the water filter with water prior to installing it. Typically the water filters can take a long amount of time to fill, which could lead you to believe that the water dispenser on the refrigerator is not working right. You will want to read the manual if nothing is working. To be certain it is not air caught in the lines, depress the dispenser arm for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might also be the cause of the problem as well in some models. If the tank is frozen it will leak onto the food bins. Low amounts of food inside of the fresh food bins might cause freezing.