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 problem on your own or call Leading Yuma Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Yuma, Arizona.

There are many reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some reasons could sound a little strange. However, something as obvious as an off switch has been the cause before. Be sure to inspect the more obvious potential problems before proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s start to cover this appliance repair problem and see what reasons we can reference for a broken water dispenser.

The cause of a broken water dispenser is usually either an installation problem, a filter failure or frozen water tubes:

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just bought a brand new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it’s broken. The water dispenser has to be hooked up to the home’s water line. That might be the reason for the issue.

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that did not have an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a possibility that you do not have a water line running to this area. Most of the time a water line is usually run from underneath the house either in a basement or crawl space. You can purchase this line at nearly any hardware store and they’re very simple for even the typical 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 turn off the water.

If there’s an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle should be in line with the hose. And, is water going through the pipe 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 refrigerator doors during installation it’s possible the water dispenser isn’t plugged in. Review the manual to find the wire harness for the particular refrigerator. Ensure that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

When the water line is connected, most of the time there is air in it. So, lifting and lowering the water dispenser control on the refrigerator to get the air out of it is necessary.
Filter Issues

On some popular models, there are different filters. These filters might “expire”, clog or freeze. All filters are based on the style and type of refrigerator. If your filter is blocked it might cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It’s suggested that your filter is replaced every 6 months. Replacing filters can be hard sometimes. If you have hiccups, go online or call us and learn the right process to replace a filter.

One recommendation is to fill up the filter with water before installing it. A lot of time the water filters take a long amount of time to fill up, which could lead you to assume the water dispenser on the refrigerator is not working. You will want to read the directions if all else fails. To be sure it is not air trapped in the lines, depress the dispenser lever for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might be the cause of the issue as well in some refrigerators. If the water tank is frozen it will leak onto the fresh food bins. Low amounts of food inside of the fresh food bins might cause freezing.