Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If so, you can attempt to solve the issue by yourself or call Anytime Arlington Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Arlington, Texas.

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

The reason for a broken water dispenser is usually an installation issue, a filter problem or frozen water lines:

Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just installed a new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it is not dispensing water. The water dispenser must be connected to the water line. That might be the problem.

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that did not feature a water dispenser or ice maker, there is a chance that you don’t have a water line near 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 buy this line at just about any home repair store and they’re very easy for the typical homeowner to install. Typically they have a a built-in water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you should need to relocate the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

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

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

Once the water line is connected, most of the time there is air in the water line. So, lifting and lowering the water dispenser control to get the air out of it is needed.
Filter Issues

On some models, there are different filters. These filters might “expire”, become clogged or freeze. All filters are dependent on the model and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is clogged it will cause slow filling or no flowing period. It is suggested that your filter should be replaced every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be hard sometimes. If you run into hiccups, go online or call us and learn the right process to replace a filter.

One suggestion is to fill up the filter with water before installing it. Typically the water filters take a long amount of time to fill up, which could lead you to believe the water dispenser on the refrigerator isn’t working right. You will want to read the owner’s manual if all else fails. To be sure it’s not air caught in the water lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

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