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 on your own or call Renew Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Bowie, Maryland.

There are several reasons for a water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some suggestions could sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as a power switch has been the culprit before. Be sure to inspect the obvious potential issues before proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s start to cover this appliance repair problem and see all of the solutions we can cite for a broken water dispenser.

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

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just bought a new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it’s broken. The water dispenser must be hooked up to the water line. That could be the reason for the problem.

If your new refrigerator is replacing a previous 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 typically run from under a home either in a crawl space or basement. You can acquire this line at nearly any hardware store and they are very easy for the average homeowner to install. Typically they have a a built-in water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you need to relocate the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

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

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

When the water is hooked up, usually there is air in the line. So, engaging and disengaging the dispenser control to get the air out is necessary.
Filter Issues

On some of the models, there are various filters. These filters can “expire”, clog or freeze. All filters are based on the model and type of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it might cause slow filling or no flowing. It is recommended that your filter is replaced every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be challenging. If you have hiccups, go online or call us and find the proper process to replace a filter.

One recommendation is to fill up the filter with water before installing it. Typically the water filters can take a long time to fill, which might cause you to think the water dispenser is not working right. You should read the owner’s manual if nothing is working. To ensure it is not air caught in the water lines, depress the dispenser lever for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might also be the source of the issue as well in some models. If the tank is frozen it will leak onto the food bins. Low amounts of food in the fresh food bins will cause freezing to occur.