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 solve the issue by yourself or call Council Bluffs Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Council Bluffs, Iowa.

There are many reasons for a water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to stop working. Again, some suggestions could sound a bit crazy. However, something as simple as a power switch on the refrigerator has been the cause before. Be sure to check the more obvious potential issues before proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s start to tackle this appliance repair problem and see all of the reasons we can cite for a broken water dispenser.

The cause of a water dispenser not working is commonly either an installation issue, a filter issue or frozen water lines:

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just purchased a new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it is not working. The water dispenser must be connected to the home’s water line. That might be the issue.

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing an older refrigerator that did not have an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a possibility that you don’t have a water line near this area of the kitchen. A water line is commonly run from underneath the home either in a basement or crawl space. You can acquire this line at almost any home repair store and they are very simple for the average homeowner to install. Usually they have a a built-in water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you should need to relocate the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

If you have a water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle should be in line with the hose. And, is water going through the pipe that you have installed to connect the water line? Obvious and questions, but things that need to be accounted for.

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

Once the water is hooked up, usually there is air in it. So, lifting and lowering the water dispenser control on the refrigerator to get the air out of it is needed.
Filter Issues

On some household models, there are different filters. These filters could “expire”, become clogged or freeze. All filters are based on the model and type of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it might cause slow filling or no flowing. It’s suggested that your filter is changed every 6 months. Replacing filters in a refrigerator can be hard sometimes. If you run into issues, go online and find the proper process to change a filter.

One suggestion is to fill up the filter with water prior to installation. Typically the water filters can take a long time to fill up, which could lead you to believe the water dispenser isn’t working right. You will want to read the manual if nothing is working. To ensure it is not air trapped in the water lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser arm for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the source of the issue as well on some models. If the water tank freezes it will begin to leak onto the food bins. Minimal food inside of the fresh food bins could cause freezing.