Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not working? If not, you can attempt to repair the issue by yourself or call All-Pro Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Yonkers, New York.

There are several reasons for a water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the reasons might sound a bit crazy. However, something as simple as an off switch on the refrigerator has been the culprit in some instances. Be sure to inspect the more obvious potential issues prior to proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s start to tackle this appliance repair issue and see all of the reasons we can reference for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

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

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just purchased a brand new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it’s broken. The water dispenser has to be hooked up to the home’s water line. That could be the cause of the problem.

If your new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that did not feature an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a chance that you don’t have a functioning water line running to this area of the kitchen. Most of the time a water line is commonly run from under the house either in a basement or crawl space. You can buy this line at almost any hardware store and they are pretty simple for the average homeowner to install. Typically they have include a water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you ever need to move the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

If you have a connected water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle should be lined up with the hose. And, is water going through the pipe that you have installed to connect the water line? Simple and common questions, but things that need to be checked.

If you removed the doors during installation the water dispenser may not be plugged in. Review the owner’s manual to see the wire harness for that particular refrigerator. Ensure that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

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

On some popular models, there are different filters. These filters might “expire”, become clogged or become frozen. All filters are based on the style and type of refrigerator. If your filter is clogged it might cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It is recommended that your filter be changed every 6 months. Replacing filters can be difficult. If you have hiccups, go online or call us and learn the proper method to change a filter.

One suggestion is to fill the water filter with water before installation. Typically the water filters can take a long time to fill, which could cause you to believe the water dispenser on the refrigerator isn’t working right. You will want to read the manual if all else fails. To be certain it is not air trapped in the lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser arm for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the reason for the problem as well in some refrigerators. If the water tank is frozen it will begin to leak onto the fresh food bins. Limited food inside of the fresh food bins could cause freezing to occur.