Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If not, you can attempt to repair the problem by yourself or call Hall Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair Washington.

There are many reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some suggestions could sound a bit crazy. However, something as simple as a power switch has been the cause in some instances. Be sure to inspect the more obvious potential problems before proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to tackle this appliance repair issue and see all of the causes we can come up with for a broken water dispenser.

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

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

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

If your new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that did not include a water dispenser or ice maker, there is a chance that you don’t have a functioning water line running to this area. 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’re very easy for even the typical homeowner to install. Typically 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 you have an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle should be in line with the hose. And, is there water going through the pipe that you have used to connect the water line? Simple and questions, but items that have to be confirmed.

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

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

On some popular refrigerators, there are different filters. These filters could “expire”, clog or get frozen. All filters are based on the model and brand of refrigerator. If your filter is clogged it can cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It is suggested that your filter is replaced every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be challenging. If you run into issues, go online and find the right process to replace a filter.

One suggestion is to fill the filter with water prior to installation. A lot of time the water filters can need a long amount of time to fill up, which could lead you to think the water dispenser on the refrigerator isn’t working right. You will want to read the owner’s manual if all else fails. To ensure it’s 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 on some models. If the tank is frozen it will leak onto the food bins. Minimal food in the fresh food bins can cause freezing.