Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If so, you can attempt to solve the issue by yourself or call Hi-Tech Miramar Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair Miramar, FL.

There are several reasons for the water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the suggestions could sound a little strange. However, something as obvious as a power switch on the refrigerator has been the cause in some instances. Be sure to review the more obvious potential issues prior to moving forward with refrigerator repair. Let’s start to tackle this appliance repair problem and see what reasons we can come up with for a broken water dispenser.

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

Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just installed a new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it is not dispensing water. The water dispenser has to be connected to the water line. That might be the reason for the problem.

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that did not feature a water dispenser or ice maker, there is a chance that you don’t have a water line running to this area of the kitchen. A water line is commonly run from under a home 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 average homeowner to install. Typically they have include a built-in water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you should need to move the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If there is an attached water line, is the valve on? The valve handle should be lined up with the hose. And, is water running through the pipe you have used to connect the water line? Obvious and questions, but things that have to be accounted for.

If you removed the doors during installation the water dispenser isn’t plugged in. Read the manual to see the wire harness for the particular refrigerator. Be sure that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

If the water line is connected, usually there’s air in the water line. So, engaging and disengaging the water dispenser lever on the refrigerator to get the air out of it is needed.
Filter Issues

On some popular models, there are various filters. These filters might “expire”, become clogged or freeze. All filters are dependent on your model and type of refrigerator. If your filter is clogged it will cause slow filling or no flowing period. It’s recommended that your filter is changed every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be challenging. If you run into hiccups, go online and learn the proper process to replace a filter.

One idea is to fill the filter with water prior to installation. Typically the water filters will need a long time to fill up, which could lead you to think that the water dispenser isn’t working. You should read the directions if nothing is working. To ensure it’s not air trapped in the lines, depress the dispenser lever for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might also be the reason for the problem as well in some refrigerators. If the tank freezes it will begin to leak onto the food bins. Low amounts of food inside of the fresh food bins might cause freezing to occur.