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 try to solve the problem by yourself or call Key Glendale Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Glendale, Arizona.

There are many reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some suggestions could sound a little strange. However, something as obvious as a power switch on the refrigerator has been the reason in the past. Be sure to inspect the more obvious potential problems before proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to tackle this appliance repair issue and see what reasons we can reference for a broken water dispenser.

The cause of a water dispenser not dispensing is commonly either an installation error, a filter failure or frozen water tubes:

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just bought a new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it’s not dispensing water. The water dispenser has to be connected to the water line. That might be the cause of the problem.

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing an older refrigerator that did not have a water dispenser or ice maker, there is a possibility that you do not have a water line near this area. Most of the time a water line is usually run from underneath a house either in a basement or crawl space. You can get this line at nearly any home repair store and they’re pretty easy for even the typical homeowner to install. Usually they have come with 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 on? The valve handle needs to be in line with the hose. And, is water running through the pipe that you have used to connect the water line? Obvious and basic questions, but things that need to be checked.

If you removed the refrigerator doors during installation it is possible the water dispenser may not be plugged in. Check the manual to see the wire harness for the particular model of refrigerator. Ensure that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

If the water line is connected, usually there’s air in the line. So, lifting and lowering the dispenser lever to get the air out is necessary.
Filter Issues

On some popular refrigerators, there are different filters. These filters might “expire”, become clogged or get frozen. All of the filters are based on the model and type of refrigerator. If the filter is clogged it might cause slow filling or no flowing period. It’s suggested that your filter is replaced every 6 months. Replacing filters can be hard sometimes. If you run into problems, go online or call us and learn the right process to replace a filter.

One suggestion is to fill up the water filter with water before installing it. Typically the water filters need a long amount of time to fill up, which could lead you to assume that the water dispenser is not working. You should read the owner’s manual if all else fails. To be sure it’s not air trapped in the water lines, depress the dispenser lever for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might also be the source of the issue as well on some models. If the water tank is frozen it will start to leak onto the food bins. Limited food inside of the fresh food bins might cause freezing to happen.


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