Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If not, you can try to repair the issue by yourself or call Carter’s Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair Pennsylvania.

There are several reasons for a water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some of the suggestions could sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as an on/off switch has been the reason in the past. Be sure to inspect the obvious potential problems before proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to tackle this appliance repair problem and see what solutions we can cite for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

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

Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just installed a brand new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it’s broken. The water dispenser has to be connected to the home’s water line. That could be the reason for the issue.

If your new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that did not feature an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a chance that you don’t have a functioning water line running to this area. A water line is typically run from underneath the home either in a crawl space or basement. You can get this type of water line at nearly any home repair store and they’re pretty simple for the average homeowner to install. Usually they have a a water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you need to move the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If there’s an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle should be in line with the hose. And, is water running through the pipe that you have used to connect the water line? Simple and questions, but things that need to be checked.

If you removed the refrigerator doors during installation it is possible the water dispenser might not be plugged in. Check the manual to see the wire harness for the particular refrigerator. Check that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

If the water is hooked up, usually there’s air in the line. So, lifting and lowering the water dispenser control on the refrigerator to get the air out is necessary.
Filter Problems

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

One recommendation is to fill the water filter with water prior to installing it. A lot of time the water filters take a long amount of time to fill, which might cause you to think that the water dispenser on the refrigerator isn’t working right. You will want to read the owner’s manual if nothing is working. To ensure it’s not air trapped in the water 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 is frozen it will begin to leak onto the fresh food bins. Minimal food in the fresh food bins might cause freezing to occur.