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 attempt to solve the problem on your own or call Smithtown Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Smithtown, New York.

There are a lot of reasons for the water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the suggestions are going to sound a little strange. However, something as obvious as an on/off switch on the refrigerator has been the reason in the past. Be sure to review the obvious potential problems prior to moving forward with refrigerator repair. Let’s start to tackle this appliance repair issue and see all of the reasons we can come up with for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The reason for a water dispenser not working is typically an installation problem, a filter problem or frozen water tubes:

Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just bought a brand new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it’s not working. The water dispenser must be hooked up to the water line. That might be the cause of the problem.

If your new refrigerator is replacing an older refrigerator that didn’t have a water dispenser or ice maker, there’s a possibility that you don’t have a water line running to this area. Most of the time a water line is commonly run from under the house either in a basement or crawl space. You can get this type of water line at just about any hardware store and they are very simple for the typical homeowner to install. Usually 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 a water line, is the valve on? The valve handle must be in line with the hose. And, is there 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 had to remove the doors during installation it’s possible the water dispenser may not be plugged in. Read the manual to find the wire harness for the particular model of refrigerator. Check that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

When the water line is connected, most of the time there’s air in it. So, lifting and lowering the water dispenser control to get the air out of it is necessary.
Filter Problems

On some refrigerators, there are different filters. These filters might “expire”, become clogged or get frozen. All of the filters are based on your style and type of refrigerator. If your filter is blocked it will cause slow filling or no flowing. It’s recommended that your filter is changed every 6 months. Replacing filters in a refrigerator can be hard sometimes. If you have problems, go online and learn the right method to change a filter.

One recommendation is to fill up the filter with water prior to installation. A lot of time the water filters can need a long time to fill, which might cause you to think the water dispenser is not working. You will want to read the directions if all else fails. To ensure it’s not air caught in the lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser lever for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might be the reason for the issue as well on some refrigerators. If the water tank freezes it will leak onto the food bins. Low amounts of food inside of the fresh food bins can cause freezing to happen.