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 try to repair the problem on your own or call Integrity Augusta Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Augusta, Georgia.

There are a lot of reasons for the water dispenser in a refrigerator to not work. Again, some of the reasons are going to sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as an on/off switch has been the reason before. Be sure to review the obvious potential problems before proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to tackle this appliance repair issue and see all of the solutions we can reference for a broken water dispenser.

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

Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just purchased a brand new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it’s broken. The water dispenser must be connected to the home’s water line. That might be the reason for the issue.

If your new refrigerator is replacing an older refrigerator that didn’t include an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a possibility that you do not have a functioning water line near this area. Most of the time a water line is typically run from under a house either in a crawl space or basement. You can buy this type of water line at just about any hardware store and they are pretty easy for the typical homeowner to install. Usually they have include a built-in water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you need to relocate the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If there’s an attached water line, is the valve turned 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 questions, but things that need to be confirmed.

If you removed the refrigerator doors during installation the water dispenser might not be plugged in. Check the manual to see the wire harness for the particular model of refrigerator. Check that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

If the water is connected, usually there is air in it. So, engaging and disengaging the water dispenser control on the refrigerator to get the air out of it is necessary.
Filter Problems

On some refrigerators, there are different filters. These filters could “expire”, become clogged or become frozen. All filters are based on the style and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is clogged it will cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It’s suggested that your filter is changed every 6 months. Replacing filters can be difficult. If you run into problems, go online or call us and learn the right method to change a filter.

One suggestion is to fill up the filter with water prior to installing it. Typically the water filters can need a long time to fill, which might cause you to assume that the water dispenser isn’t working. You should read the directions if nothing is working. To be certain it is not air trapped in the lines, depress the dispenser lever for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might be the reason for the issue as well on some models. If the water tank freezes it will start to leak onto the food bins. Limited food in the fresh food bins might cause freezing.