Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not working? If not, you can try to repair the issue by yourself or call Price Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair Alabama.

There are several reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the reasons might sound a little strange. However, something as simple as a power switch on the refrigerator has been the culprit before. Be sure to inspect the obvious potential problems prior to proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s start to tackle this appliance repair problem and see all of the causes we can cite for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The reason for a broken water dispenser is commonly an installation error, a filter problem or frozen water tubes:

Refrigerator Installation Issues

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

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that did not feature an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a possibility that you don’t have a functioning water line near this area. Most of the time a water line is usually run from under a home either in a basement or crawl space. You can purchase this type of water line at nearly any home repair store and they’re pretty easy for the typical homeowner to install. Typically they have include a water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you should need to relocate the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If you have an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle must be lined up with the hose. And, is water running through the pipe that you have installed 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 is possible the water dispenser is not plugged in. Review the manual to find the wire harness for that particular model of refrigerator. Be sure that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

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

On some of the household refrigerators, there are different filters. These filters could “expire”, become clogged or get frozen. All of the filters are dependent on your model and type of refrigerator. If your filter is blocked it will cause slow filling or no flowing period. It’s suggested that your filter be changed every 6 months. Replacing filters in a refrigerator can be difficult. If you run into hiccups, go online or call us and learn the proper method to change a filter.

One idea is to fill up the filter with water before installation. Typically the water filters 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 manual if nothing is working. To ensure 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 cause of the issue as well on some refrigerators. If the water tank is frozen it will start to leak onto the fresh food bins. Low amounts of food inside of the fresh food bins could cause freezing to occur.