Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not working? If so, you can attempt to solve the problem by yourself or call Rowe Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair CITY, STATE.

There are several reasons for the water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the reasons might sound a little strange. However, something as obvious as an off switch has been the reason in the past. Be sure to inspect the more obvious potential problems prior to proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s start to tackle this appliance repair issue and see all of the reasons we can cite for a broken water dispenser.

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

Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just installed a brand new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it is broken. The water dispenser has to be hooked up to the home’s water line. That might be the cause of the issue.

If your new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that did not include an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a chance that you don’t have a functioning water line running to this area. A water line is usually run from under a home either in a basement or crawl space. You can get this line at nearly any home repair store and they are very easy for even the average homeowner to install. Usually they have a a water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you should need to move 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 in line with the hose. And, is there water running through the pipe you have installed to connect the water line? Simple and questions, but things that need to be checked.

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

Once the water is hooked up, most of the time there is air in it. So, lifting and lowering the water dispenser control to get the air out is necessary.
Filter Problems

On some models, there are different filters. These filters could “expire”, become clogged or freeze. All filters are based on your model and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it might cause slow filling or no flowing period. It’s recommended that your filter is replaced every 6 months. Replacing filters can be hard sometimes. If you have problems, go online and find the proper method to change a filter.

One idea is to fill up the filter with water prior to installing it. Typically the water filters can take a long time to fill up, which might cause you to believe the water dispenser on the refrigerator isn’t working right. You will want to read the manual if all else fails. To ensure it’s not air caught in the lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser lever for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might be the cause of the issue as well in some models. If the water tank freezes it will begin to leak onto the fresh food bins. Limited food inside of the fresh food bins might cause freezing.