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 try to repair the problem by yourself or call Vance Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair Texas.

There are many reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some suggestions might sound a bit crazy. However, something as simple as an off switch has been the reason before. Be sure to inspect the obvious potential problems prior to proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s start to tackle this appliance repair problem and see all of the causes we can reference for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

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

Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just purchased a brand new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it is not dispensing water. The water dispenser must be hooked up to the water line. That could be the problem.

If the new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that did not include an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a chance that you don’t have a water line running to this area of the kitchen. Most of the time a water line is usually run from under a house either in a basement or crawl space. You can get this line at almost any home repair store and they are very easy for the typical homeowner to install. Usually they have include a water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you ever need to move the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

If there is an attached water line, is the valve on? The valve handle must be lined up with the hose. And, is water going through the pipe that you have installed to connect the water line? Obvious and common questions, but items that need to be confirmed.

If you had to remove the doors during installation it’s possible the water dispenser may not be plugged in. Review the manual to see the wire harness for the particular refrigerator. Be sure that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

If the water is hooked up, most of the time there is air in the line. So, lifting and lowering the water dispenser lever to get the air out is needed.
Filter Issues

On some refrigerators, there are different filters. These filters can “expire”, clog or get frozen. All of the filters are based on your style and type of refrigerator. If your filter is clogged it might cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It’s recommended that your filter is replaced every 6 months. Changing filters can be difficult. If you have problems, go online and learn the proper process to replace a filter.

One recommendation is to fill the filter with water prior to installation. A lot of time the water filters can need a long amount of time to fill, which might cause you to think the water dispenser isn’t working right. You will want to read the directions if all else fails. To be certain it’s not air caught in the water lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the reason for the problem as well in some refrigerators. If the water tank freezes it will start to leak onto the food bins. Minimal food inside of the fresh food bins will cause freezing to happen.