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 try to solve the issue on your own or call ARRC Redlands Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Redlands, California.

There are several reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some suggestions might sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as an off switch on the refrigerator has been the culprit before. Be sure to review the more obvious potential problems prior to moving forward with refrigerator repair. Let’s start to cover this appliance repair issue and see all of the reasons we can cite for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The cause of a broken water dispenser is commonly either an installation problem, a filter failure or frozen water lines:

New Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just purchased a brand new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it is not working. The water dispenser must be hooked up to the home’s water line. That might be the issue.

If your new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that did not include an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a chance that you don’t have a water line running to this area of the kitchen. A water line is commonly run from underneath the house either in a basement or crawl space. You can buy this line at just about any home repair store and they are pretty easy for even the typical homeowner to install. Usually they have a a water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you need to relocate the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If there is 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? Obvious and basic questions, but items that need to be accounted for.

If you had to remove the doors during installation it’s possible the water dispenser might not be plugged in. Review the owner’s manual to find the wire harness for that particular model of refrigerator. Check that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

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

On some popular models, there are various filters. These filters can “expire”, become clogged or become frozen. All of the filters are dependent 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 be changed every 6 months. Replacing filters in a refrigerator can be hard sometimes. If you run into issues, go online and find the right process to change a filter.

One recommendation is to fill the water filter with water before installation. Typically the water filters will need a long amount of time to fill, which might cause you to assume that the water dispenser isn’t working right. You will want to read the directions if all else fails. To ensure it is not air caught in the lines, depress the dispenser arm for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might be the source of the issue as well in some models. If the tank is frozen it will leak onto the fresh food bins. Minimal food in the fresh food bins might cause freezing to happen.