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 on your own or call Warner Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair CITY, STATE.

There are several reasons for the water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to not work. Again, some reasons might sound a little strange. However, something as obvious as a power switch on the refrigerator has been the reason before. Be sure to check the obvious potential issues before proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to tackle this appliance repair problem and see all of the causes we can come up with for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The reason for a water dispenser not dispensing is commonly an installation problem, a filter issue or frozen water lines:

Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just bought a new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it’s not dispensing water. The water dispenser must be hooked up to the water line. That could be the problem.

If your new refrigerator is replacing an older refrigerator that didn’t have an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a chance that you do not have a functioning water line running to this area. Most of the time a water line is usually run from under a house either in a basement or crawl space. You can purchase this line at almost any hardware store and they are very simple for even the average homeowner to install. Typically they have a a built-in water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you should need to move the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If you have a connected water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle needs to be lined up with the hose. And, is water going through the pipe that you have used to connect the water line? Obvious and basic questions, but things that have to be checked.

If you had to remove the refrigerator doors during installation it’s possible the water dispenser is not plugged in. Check the manual to see the wire harness for that particular refrigerator. Ensure that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

If the water line is connected, most of the time there’s air in it. So, engaging and disengaging the dispenser lever to get the air out of it is needed.
Filter Problems

On some of the household models, there are different filters. These filters could “expire”, become clogged or become frozen. All of the filters are based on your style and type of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it can cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It is suggested that your filter should be replaced every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be challenging. If you have problems, go online and find the proper method to change a filter.

One suggestion is to fill up the filter with water prior to installation. Typically the water filters can need a long time to fill, which might lead you to assume the water dispenser is not working right. You should read the directions if all else fails. To be certain it is not air trapped in the lines, depress the dispenser arm for about 5 minutes.

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