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 solve the issue by yourself or call Reliable Redding Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Redding, California.

There are a lot of reasons for a water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some reasons 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 obvious potential issues prior to moving forward with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s start to tackle this appliance repair problem and see what solutions we can come up with 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:

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just bought a brand new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it is broken. The water dispenser has to be hooked up to the home’s water line. That might be the problem.

If your new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that didn’t include a water dispenser or ice maker, there’s a possibility that you do not have a water line near this area. Most of the time a water line is commonly run from underneath a house either in a crawl space or basement. You can purchase this type of water line at almost any home repair store and they are very easy for even the average homeowner to install. Usually they have a a built-in water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you ever 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 in line with the hose. And, is there water running through the pipe you have used to connect the water line? Simple and questions, but items that need to be accounted for.

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

When the water is hooked up, most of the time there’s air in it. So, lifting and lowering the water dispenser lever to get the air out is necessary.
Filter Problems

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

One suggestion is to fill the water filter with water before installation. Typically the water filters can take 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’s not air trapped in the lines, depress the dispenser lever for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might also be the reason for the issue as well in some refrigerators. If the tank freezes it will start to leak onto the food bins. Minimal food in the fresh food bins can cause freezing.