Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If not, you can attempt to solve the issue on your own or call Ace Alhambra Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Alhambra, California.

There are a lot of reasons for the water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some suggestions are going to sound a bit crazy. However, something as simple as an on/off switch has been the reason before. Be sure to check the more obvious potential problems before moving forward with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover this appliance repair issue and see all of the solutions we can cite for a broken water dispenser.

The reason for a water dispenser not working is commonly either an installation error, a filter problem or frozen water lines:

New Refrigerator Installation Issues

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

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that didn’t include an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a chance that you don’t have a functioning water line running to this area. Most of the time a water line is usually run from underneath a house either in a basement or crawl space. You can get this type of water line at almost any hardware store and they are pretty simple for the typical homeowner to install. Typically they have come with a water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you ever need to relocate the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

If there is an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle must be lined up with the hose. And, is water running through the pipe you have used to connect the water line? Obvious and common questions, but items that have to be confirmed.

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

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

On some of the household refrigerators, there are different filters. These filters might “expire”, clog or freeze. All of the filters are dependent on your style and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it will cause slow filling or no flowing. It’s recommended that your filter should be replaced every 6 months. Changing filters can be difficult. If you have problems, go online or call us and learn the right process to replace a filter.

One idea is to fill the water filter with water prior to installing it. A lot of time the water filters can need a long time to fill, which could cause you to assume the water dispenser on the refrigerator is not working right. You should read the directions if all else fails. To be sure it is not air caught in the lines, depress the dispenser lever for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might also be the reason for the problem as well in some refrigerators. If the tank freezes it will begin to leak onto the food bins. Limited food inside of the fresh food bins can cause freezing.