Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not working? If so, you can try to solve the issue on your own or call Garden Grove Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Garden Grove, California.

There are many reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the suggestions could sound a little strange. However, something as obvious as an on/off switch has been the reason before. Be sure to review the obvious potential issues before moving forward with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s start to cover this appliance repair problem and see what causes we can cite for a broken water dispenser.

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

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

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

If your new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that did not include a water dispenser or ice maker, there’s a possibility that you don’t have a functioning water line running to this area of the kitchen. A water line is usually run from under the home either in a crawl space or basement. You can acquire this type of water line at nearly any hardware store and they’re pretty easy for the average homeowner to install. Usually they have a a built-in water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you should need to relocate 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 installed to connect the water line? Simple and basic questions, but things that need to be confirmed.

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

Once the water line is connected, most of the time there’s air in it. So, engaging and disengaging the water dispenser control to get the air out is needed.
Filter Issues

On some household models, there are various filters. These filters can “expire”, clog or freeze. All of the filters are based on your style and type of refrigerator. If your filter is clogged it might cause slow filling or no flowing. It is suggested that your filter be changed every 6 months. Replacing filters in a refrigerator can be difficult. If you run into hiccups, go online and learn the right method to change a filter.

One idea is to fill the 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 believe that the water dispenser isn’t working right. You will want to read the owner’s manual if all else fails. To be certain it’s not air trapped in the water lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser arm for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might also be the cause of the issue as well in some models. If the tank is frozen it will start to leak onto the food bins. Limited food in the fresh food bins can cause freezing to happen.