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 Astra Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair Wichita, Kansas.

There are a lot of reasons for the water dispenser in a refrigerator to not work. Again, some of the suggestions are going to sound a little strange. However, something as simple as an off switch on the refrigerator has been the cause in the past. Be sure to inspect the obvious potential issues before proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s start to cover 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 either an installation problem, a filter problem or frozen water tubes:

Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just purchased a new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it is not dispensing water. The water dispenser has to be hooked up to the home’s water line. That could be the issue.

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing an older refrigerator that didn’t feature an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a chance that you do not have a water line near this area. A water line is usually run from under a house either in a basement or crawl space. You can get this line at just about any home repair store and they are very easy for even the average homeowner to install. Usually they have come with a 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 an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle must be lined up with the hose. And, is water running through the pipe that you have used to connect the water line? Simple and basic questions, but items that have to be checked.

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

If the water is hooked up, usually there’s air in it. So, lifting and lowering the water dispenser control on the refrigerator to get the air out is necessary.

Filter Problems

On some household refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters can “expire”, clog or become frozen. All of the filters are dependent on the model and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it can cause slow filling or no flowing. It is suggested that your filter is changed every 6 months. Changing filters can be challenging. If you run into hiccups, go online and learn the proper method to change a filter.

One idea is to fill up the water filter with water prior to installation. A lot of time the water filters can need a long amount of time to fill, which could lead you to think that the water dispenser is not working. You should 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 be the source of the issue as well on some models. If the tank is frozen it will start to leak onto the food bins. Limited food in the fresh food bins can cause freezing to occur.