Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not dispensing water? If not, you can attempt to repair the problem on your own or call Accurate Gilbert Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Gilbert, Arizona.

There are many reasons for the water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to not work. Again, some reasons could sound a bit crazy. However, something as simple as an on/off switch on the refrigerator has been the cause in the past. Be sure to inspect the more obvious potential issues before moving forward with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover this appliance repair issue and see all of the solutions we can come up with for a broken water dispenser.

The reason for a broken water dispenser is commonly an installation issue, a filter problem or frozen water lines:

Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just bought a new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it’s not dispensing water. The water dispenser must be connected to the water line. That might be the reason for the issue.

If the new refrigerator is replacing an older refrigerator that did not feature an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a chance that you do not have a functioning water line running to this area. A water line is commonly run from under a home either in a crawl space or basement. You can get this type of water line at nearly any hardware store and they are very simple for even the typical homeowner to install. Typically they have a a built-in water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you ever need to relocate the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

If there’s a connected water line, is the valve on? The valve handle must be in line with the hose. And, is there water running through the pipe that you have used to connect the water line? Obvious and basic questions, but items that have to be accounted for.

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

Once the water line is hooked up, usually there is air in the water line. So, lifting and lowering the dispenser lever to get the air out of it is necessary.
Filter Issues

On some household refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters might “expire”, clog or freeze. All of the filters are dependent on the model and type of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it can cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It is suggested that your filter is changed every 6 months. Replacing filters can be hard sometimes. If you have hiccups, go online or call us and learn the proper process to change a filter.

One idea is to fill the filter with water before installing it. Typically the water filters can need a long amount of time to fill, which could lead you to think that the water dispenser isn’t working right. You will want to read the owner’s manual if nothing is working. To be sure it’s not air caught in the water lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser lever for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might also be the cause of the problem as well on some refrigerators. If the water tank is frozen it will begin to leak onto the fresh food bins. Low amounts of food inside of the fresh food bins might cause freezing to happen.