Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not dispensing water? If so, you can try to repair the issue by yourself or call Apex Joliet Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Joliet, Illinois.

There are a lot of reasons for a water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some of the suggestions are going to sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as an on/off switch on the refrigerator has been the reason in the past. Be sure to inspect the more obvious potential problems prior to moving forward with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover this appliance repair problem and see what reasons we can cite for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The reason for a broken water dispenser is typically an installation error, a filter issue or frozen water tubes:

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just installed a brand new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it’s not dispensing water. The water dispenser has to be hooked up to the water line. That might be the problem.

If the new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that didn’t include an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a chance that you do not have a water line running to this area of the kitchen. A water line is typically run from under a house either in a basement or crawl space. You can buy this type of water line at nearly any hardware store and they are very easy for even the typical homeowner to install. Typically they have include a built-in water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you should need to relocate the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

If you have an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle must be in line with the hose. And, is water going through the pipe you have used to connect the water line? Obvious and basic questions, but things that need to be confirmed.

If you had to remove the doors during installation it is possible the water dispenser may not be plugged in. Check the manual to find the wire harness for the particular model of refrigerator. Check that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

If the water line is connected, most of the time there’s air in the water line. So, lifting and lowering the dispenser control on the refrigerator to get the air out is necessary.
Filter Problems

On some of the models, there are various filters. These filters might “expire”, clog or freeze. All filters are based on your style and brand of refrigerator. If your filter is blocked it can cause slow filling or no flowing. It’s recommended that your filter should be changed every 6 months. Replacing filters in a refrigerator can be difficult. If you have problems, go online or call us and learn the right process to replace a filter.

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

A frozen water tank might be the reason for the issue as well on some models. If the water tank freezes it will begin to leak onto the fresh food bins. Limited food inside of the fresh food bins could cause freezing.