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 problem on your own or call Hub City Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair CITY, STATE.

There are a lot of reasons for the water dispenser in a refrigerator to not work. Again, some suggestions might sound a bit crazy. However, something as simple as an on/off switch on the refrigerator has been the reason in the past. Be sure to review the more obvious potential issues before proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s start to tackle this appliance repair problem and see all of the solutions we can come up with for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The cause of a water dispenser not dispensing is usually either an installation error, a filter problem or frozen water lines:

Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just bought a brand new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it’s not dispensing water. The water dispenser must be hooked up to the home’s water line. That might be the cause of the issue.

If your new refrigerator is replacing an older refrigerator that didn’t include a water dispenser or ice maker, there is a chance that you don’t have a functioning water line running to this area. A water line is commonly run from under a home either in a crawl space or basement. You can acquire this type of water line at just about any home repair store and they’re very simple for the average homeowner to install. Typically they have include a water shut-off valve, which is important 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 needs to be lined up with the hose. And, is there water running through the pipe you have used to connect the water line? Obvious and questions, but items that have to be checked.

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

If the water is hooked up, most of the time there is air in the line. So, engaging and disengaging the dispenser control on the refrigerator to get the air out is necessary.
Filter Problems

On some of the popular refrigerators, there are different filters. These filters might “expire”, become clogged or become frozen. All of the filters are based on the style and type of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it can cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It is recommended that your filter should be replaced every 6 months. Replacing filters can be difficult. If you have problems, go online or call us and learn the proper process to change a filter.

One suggestion is to fill up the water filter with water before installing it. Typically the water filters need a long amount of time to fill, which might lead you to assume the water dispenser on the refrigerator is not working. You will want to read the directions if nothing is working. To ensure it is not air trapped in the water lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the reason for the problem as well on some refrigerators. If the tank freezes it will start to leak onto the fresh food bins. Minimal food inside of the fresh food bins might cause freezing.