Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not dispensing water? If not, you can try to solve the issue on your own or call F&D Huntington Beach Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Huntington Beach, California.

There are a lot of reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some reasons might sound a little strange. However, something as obvious as a power switch has been the reason in some instances. Be sure to inspect the more obvious potential issues prior to moving forward with refrigerator repair. Let’s start to tackle this appliance repair problem and see all of the solutions we can cite for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The reason for a water dispenser not working is commonly an installation problem, a filter failure or frozen water lines:

Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just installed a new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it is broken. The water dispenser has to be hooked up to the water line. That might be the issue.

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that did not have an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a chance that you do not have a water line near this area of the kitchen. A water line is usually run from underneath a home either in a crawl space or basement. You can get this line at nearly any hardware store and they are very simple for even the typical homeowner to install. Usually they have a a water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you should need to move the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

If there is a water line, is the valve on? The valve handle should be lined up 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 have to be confirmed.

If you had to remove the refrigerator doors during installation the water dispenser isn’t plugged in. Read the manual to find the wire harness for that particular model of refrigerator. Check that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

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

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

One recommendation is to fill the water filter with water prior to installation. Typically the water filters need a long time to fill up, which might cause you to assume that the water dispenser on the refrigerator is not working. You should read the directions if nothing is working. To be sure it’s not air trapped in the lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser arm for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might also be the source of the problem as well on some models. If the tank is frozen it will leak onto the food bins. Low amounts of food inside of the fresh food bins will cause freezing to happen.