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 try to repair the issue on your own or call Tate Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair California.

There are a lot of reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the suggestions are going to sound a little strange. However, something as simple as a power switch on the refrigerator has been the reason in some instances. Be sure to review the more obvious potential issues before moving forward with refrigerator repair. Let’s start to tackle this appliance repair problem and see what reasons we can come up with for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

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

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just installed a new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it’s broken. The water dispenser must be connected to the home’s water line. That might be the reason for the issue.

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that didn’t feature a water dispenser or ice maker, there is a chance that you do not have a functioning water line running to this area of the kitchen. A water line is commonly run from underneath a home either in a basement or crawl space. You can buy this type of water line at nearly any home repair store and they are pretty easy for the typical homeowner to install. Typically they have a a water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you need to relocate the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If there’s an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle must be lined up 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 confirmed.

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

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

Filter Problems

On some of the popular models, there are different filters. These filters can “expire”, become clogged or freeze. All of the filters are dependent on your style and type of refrigerator. If the filter is clogged it will cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It is suggested that your filter be replaced every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be challenging. If you run into hiccups, go online or call us and find the right process to replace a filter.

One suggestion is to fill up the water filter with water prior to installing it. Typically the water filters will take a long time to fill, which might cause you to think the water dispenser on the refrigerator is not working. You will want to read the directions if all else fails. To ensure it is not air caught in the lines, depress the dispenser arm for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might be the source of the issue as well on some models. If the tank freezes it will leak onto the food bins. Low amounts of food inside of the fresh food bins can cause freezing.