Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If so, you can try to repair the problem by yourself or call Legacy League City Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair League City, Texas.

There are a lot of reasons for a water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some reasons could sound a little strange. However, something as simple as a power switch on the refrigerator has been the cause in the past. Be sure to inspect the obvious potential issues before proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover this appliance repair issue and see what reasons we can reference for a broken water dispenser.

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

New Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just bought a brand new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it is not working. The water dispenser must be connected to the home’s water line. That might be the problem.

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that didn’t feature an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a possibility that you don’t have a functioning water line running to this area of the kitchen. Most of the time a water line is commonly run from underneath a home either in a crawl space or basement. You can acquire this line at nearly any home repair store and they’re pretty simple for the average homeowner to install. Usually they have include a built-in water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you need to relocate the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

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

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

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

On some popular refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters could “expire”, clog or freeze. All of the filters are dependent on the style and type of refrigerator. If the filter is clogged it can cause slow filling or no flowing period. It’s recommended that your filter be replaced every 6 months. Replacing filters in a refrigerator can be challenging. If you have problems, go online or call us and learn the right method to replace a filter.

One recommendation is to fill the water filter with water prior to installation. Typically the water filters need a long time to fill, which could lead you to assume that the water dispenser on the refrigerator is not working. You will want to read the directions if all else fails. To ensure it is not air trapped in the water lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser lever for about 5 minutes.

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