Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If so, you can try to solve the issue by yourself or call Wells Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Fremont, California.

There are several reasons for a water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to stop working. Again, some reasons might sound a little strange. However, something as simple as an on/off switch on the refrigerator has been the cause in some instances. Be sure to check the more obvious potential problems before proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to tackle this appliance repair problem and see what causes we can come up with for a broken water dispenser.

The reason for a water dispenser not working is typically an installation issue, a filter problem or frozen water tubes:

Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just purchased a new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it is not working. The water dispenser has to be connected to the water line. That might be the cause of the problem.

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that didn’t include an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a possibility that you don’t have a water line near this area. A water line is typically run from under a house either in a crawl space or basement. You can purchase this line at nearly any home repair store and they’re pretty simple for the average homeowner to install. Typically they have include a built-in water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you need to move the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

If there is an attached water line, is the valve on? The valve handle must be lined up with the hose. And, is there water going through the pipe you have installed to connect the water line? Simple and common questions, but items that have to be accounted for.

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

If the water line is connected, usually there is air in it. So, engaging and disengaging the water dispenser control to get the air out of it is necessary.
Filter Problems

On some refrigerators, there are different filters. These filters could “expire”, become clogged or freeze. All filters are dependent on the model and brand of refrigerator. If your filter is clogged it will cause slow filling or no flowing. It is suggested that your filter is replaced every 6 months. Changing filters can be hard sometimes. If you run into issues, go online and find the proper process to change a filter.

One suggestion is to fill up the filter with water prior to installing it. A lot of time the water filters will need a long amount of time to fill up, which might lead you to think that the water dispenser is not working. You will want to 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 be the reason for the problem as well on some refrigerators. If the water tank freezes it will leak onto the fresh food bins. Small amounts of food in the fresh food bins can cause freezing.