Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If so, you can attempt to solve the issue on your own or call Dynamic Dayton Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Dayton, Ohio.

There are several reasons for the water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to not work. Again, some of the suggestions are going to sound a little strange. However, something as simple as an off switch has been the culprit before. Be sure to check the more obvious potential problems before proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover this appliance repair problem and see all of the solutions we can cite for a broken water dispenser.

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

Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just bought a brand new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it’s broken. The water dispenser must be connected to the water line. That could be the cause of the problem.

If your new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that did not include a water dispenser or ice maker, there is a possibility that you don’t have a water line running to this area. Most of the time a water line is typically run from underneath the home either in a crawl space or basement. You can buy this line at nearly any home repair store and they are very simple for the typical homeowner to install. Usually they have a a water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you ever need to move the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

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

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

When the water is connected, most of the time there’s air in the water line. So, engaging and disengaging the dispenser control to get the air out is needed.
Filter Issues

On some household models, there are various filters. These filters could “expire”, clog or become frozen. All of the filters are dependent on the style and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is clogged it might cause slow filling or no flowing period. It’s suggested that your filter is changed every 6 months. Replacing filters can be hard sometimes. If you have hiccups, go online and learn the right process to change a filter.

One suggestion is to fill up the water filter with water before installation. Typically the water filters take a long time to fill, which could lead you to assume the water dispenser is not working. You should read the directions if nothing is working. To ensure it’s not air caught 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 models. If the tank is frozen it will leak onto the fresh food bins. Limited food in the fresh food bins will cause freezing to occur.