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 attempt to repair the problem on your own or call Pearson Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair CITY, STATE.

There are many reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some reasons are going to sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as an on/off switch has been the reason before. Be sure to review the more obvious potential issues prior to proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s start to tackle this appliance repair issue and see all of the causes we can reference for a broken water dispenser.

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

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just purchased a brand new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it’s not working. The water dispenser has to be hooked up to the home’s water line. That could be the problem.

If the new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that didn’t feature an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a possibility that you do not have a water line near this area of the kitchen. Most of the time a water line is typically run from under the home either in a basement or crawl space. You can buy this type of water line at just about any hardware 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 need to relocate the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

If there’s a connected 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? Obvious and basic questions, but things that need to be confirmed.

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

If the water is hooked up, usually there’s air in the water line. So, engaging and disengaging the dispenser lever to get the air out is needed.
Filter Problems

On some refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters might “expire”, become clogged or freeze. All of the filters are based on your model and type of refrigerator. If your filter is clogged it might cause slow filling or no flowing period. It is suggested that your filter is replaced every 6 months. Changing filters can be challenging. If you run into hiccups, go online and find the right method to replace a filter.

One idea is to fill up the filter with water before installation. A lot of time the water filters can take a long amount of time to fill, which could cause you to assume the water dispenser is not working. You will want to read the manual if nothing is working. To be sure it is not air caught in the water lines, depress the dispenser lever for about 5 minutes.

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


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