Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not working? If so, you can attempt to solve the issue on your own or call P&G Coral Springs Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Coral Springs, Florida.

There are many reasons for the water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some reasons are going to sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as an off switch on the refrigerator has been the cause before. Be sure to check the obvious potential problems prior to proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s start to tackle this appliance repair issue and see all of the solutions we can come up with for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

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

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just purchased a brand new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it is not dispensing water. The water dispenser has to be hooked up to the home’s water line. That could be the issue.

If the new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that did not have an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a chance that you do not have a functioning water line running to this area. A water line is usually run from underneath the home either in a crawl space or basement. You can acquire this type of water line at just about any home repair store and they are pretty simple for even the average homeowner to install. Usually they have include a built-in water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you ever need to move the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

If there’s a water line, is the valve on? The valve handle should be lined up with the hose. And, is water running through the pipe that you have used to connect the water line? Obvious and common questions, but items that have to be checked.

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

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

On some of the household models, there are various filters. These filters can “expire”, become clogged or freeze. All filters are dependent on your style and brand of refrigerator. If your filter is blocked it can cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It is suggested that your filter is changed every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be difficult. If you run into problems, go online and learn the right method to change a filter.

One suggestion is to fill the filter with water prior to installation. A lot of time the water filters will need a long amount of time to fill, which might lead you to think the water dispenser is not working. You will want to read the owner’s manual if all else fails. To be certain it is not air caught in the water lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser lever for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might be the reason for the issue as well on some models. If the tank freezes it will leak onto the food bins. Minimal food in the fresh food bins can cause freezing.