Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not working? If so, you can attempt to repair the problem on your own or call Old Town Orange Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Orange, California.

There are many reasons for the water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the reasons could sound a little strange. However, something as obvious as an on/off switch has been the cause in the past. Be sure to check the more obvious potential issues before moving forward with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s begin 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 typically an installation issue, a filter problem or frozen water lines:

Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just installed a brand new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it is broken. The water dispenser must be connected to the water line. That could be the problem.

If your new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that did not feature a water dispenser or ice maker, there is a possibility that you don’t have a functioning water line near this area. Most of the time a water line is commonly run from under the home either in a crawl space or basement. You can buy this type of water line at nearly any home repair store and they’re pretty simple for the typical homeowner to install. Usually they have come with a built-in water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you should need to move the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

If there’s a water line, is the valve on? The valve handle needs to be in line with the hose. And, is there water going through the pipe you have installed to connect the water line? Obvious and common questions, but things that have to be accounted for.

If you had to remove the doors during installation the water dispenser may not be plugged in. Read the manual to find the wire harness for the particular refrigerator. Be sure that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

If the water is hooked up, most of the time there is air in it. So, lifting and lowering the water dispenser control to get the air out is necessary.
Filter Issues

On some of the household refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters might “expire”, clog or become frozen. All of the filters are dependent on your model and brand of refrigerator. If your filter is blocked it might cause slow filling or no flowing. It’s suggested that your filter is replaced every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be difficult. If you run into hiccups, go online or call us and learn the right method to replace a filter.

One idea is to fill up the filter with water prior to installation. Typically the water filters can take a long amount of time to fill, which might cause you to assume that the water dispenser isn’t working right. You will want to read the manual if nothing is working. To be certain it’s not air trapped in the lines, depress the dispenser arm for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the source of the issue as well in some models. If the water tank freezes it will begin to leak onto the food bins. Small amounts of food inside of the fresh food bins might cause freezing.