Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not working? If so, you can attempt to repair the issue on your own or call Santa Clarita Appliance Repair ASAP for refrigerator repair Santa Clarita, California.

There are several reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some of the reasons are going to sound a little strange. However, something as obvious as an off switch has been the reason in the past. Be sure to inspect the obvious potential problems prior to moving forward with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover this appliance repair issue and see what solutions we can come up with for a broken water dispenser.

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

New Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just purchased a new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it is not working. The water dispenser must be connected to the water line. That could be the cause of the problem.

If the new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that did not include a water dispenser or ice maker, there is a chance that you do not have a functioning water line running to this area. A water line is commonly run from underneath a house either in a crawl space or basement. You can buy this line at just about any hardware store and they’re pretty simple for even the average homeowner to install. Usually they have come with a built-in water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you should need to relocate the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

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

If you had to remove the doors during installation the water dispenser isn’t plugged in. Read the manual to see the wire harness for the particular refrigerator. Be sure that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

Once the water line is hooked up, most of the time there is air in it. So, engaging and disengaging the dispenser control on the refrigerator to get the air out of it is needed.
Filter Issues

On some household refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters can “expire”, clog or freeze. All of the filters are dependent on your model and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is clogged it will cause slow filling or no flowing. It’s recommended that your filter is changed every 6 months. Changing filters can be difficult. If you run into hiccups, go online or call us and find the proper process to change a filter.

One recommendation is to fill the water filter with water before installing it. A lot of time the water filters can need a long amount of time to fill up, which might cause you to believe the water dispenser isn’t working right. You should read the directions if nothing is working. To be certain it’s not air caught in the lines, depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

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