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 solve the issue on your own or call United Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Union City, New Jersey.

There are several reasons for the water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the suggestions could sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as a power switch has been the reason before. Be sure to inspect the obvious potential issues before moving forward with complicated 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 working is commonly an installation issue, a filter problem or frozen water tubes:

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

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

If the new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that did not include a water dispenser or ice maker, there’s a possibility that you do not have a functioning water line near this area. Most of the time a water line is usually run from underneath the house either in a basement or crawl space. You can get this line at nearly any home repair store and they are pretty simple for the typical homeowner to install. Usually they have include a built-in water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you 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 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 accounted for.

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

When the water is connected, usually there is air in it. So, lifting and lowering the water dispenser lever to get the air out is needed.
Filter Issues

On some of the refrigerators, there are different filters. These filters might “expire”, become clogged or freeze. All of the filters are dependent on your model and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is clogged it will cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It’s recommended that your filter is replaced every 6 months. Replacing filters can be hard sometimes. If you run into problems, go online and find the proper process to change a filter.

One suggestion is to fill the filter with water prior to installing it. Typically the water filters can take a long time to fill, which might lead you to think the water dispenser on the refrigerator isn’t working right. You should read the manual if all else fails. To be certain it is not air trapped in the lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser lever for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the cause of the issue as well on some refrigerators. If the water tank freezes it will begin to leak onto the food bins. Small amounts of food in the fresh food bins can cause freezing.