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 attempt to solve the issue on your own or call Elite Euless Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Euless, Texas.

There are many reasons for a water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to stop working. Again, some suggestions are going to sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as an on/off switch has been the cause in some instances. Be sure to review the obvious potential issues before moving forward with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to tackle this appliance repair problem and see what causes we can come up with for a broken water dispenser.

The reason for a water dispenser not dispensing is usually an installation problem, a filter issue or frozen water lines:

New Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just bought a new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it is broken. The water dispenser has to be connected to the home’s water line. That could be the reason for the problem.

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that didn’t feature an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a possibility that you don’t have a water line near this area. Most of the time a water line is usually run from underneath a house either in a crawl space or basement. You can purchase this line at nearly any hardware store and they are very easy for even the typical homeowner to install. Typically they have come with a built-in water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you should need to move the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

If you have a connected water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle needs to be in line with the hose. And, is there water going through the pipe that you have used to connect the water line? Simple and questions, but items that need to be confirmed.

If you removed the doors during installation it is possible the water dispenser may not be plugged in. Check the manual to find the wire harness for the particular model of refrigerator. Ensure that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

When the water is connected, usually there is air in it. So, lifting and lowering the water dispenser control on the refrigerator to get the air out is needed.
Filter Issues

On some of the models, there are various filters. These filters can “expire”, become clogged or freeze. All filters are dependent on the model and brand of refrigerator. If your filter is clogged it might cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It’s recommended that your filter should be replaced every 6 months. Replacing filters in a refrigerator can be challenging. If you run into issues, go online or call us and find the proper process to change a filter.

One suggestion is to fill the water filter with water before installing it. A lot of time the water filters take a long time to fill up, which might lead you to think the water dispenser isn’t working right. You should read the directions if nothing is working. To be sure it is not air caught in the water lines, depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the reason for the problem as well on some refrigerators. If the tank is frozen it will start to leak onto the fresh food bins. Limited food in the fresh food bins will cause freezing.