Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not dispensing water? If so, you can attempt to repair the issue on your own or call Gold Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair New Orleans, LA.

There are several reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some of the reasons could sound a little strange. However, something as simple as a power switch on the refrigerator has been the culprit in some instances. Be sure to inspect the more obvious potential issues before proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s start to tackle this appliance repair issue and see all of the solutions we can come up with for a broken water dispenser.

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

New Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just bought a new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it’s not working. The water dispenser must be connected to the water line. That might be the issue.

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that didn’t include a water dispenser or ice maker, there’s a chance that you do not have a water line near this area. A water line is commonly run from under a house either in a basement or crawl space. You can buy this line at just about any home repair store and they are very easy for the average homeowner to install. Typically they have a a water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you need to relocate the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

If there’s a connected water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle should be lined up with the hose. And, is there water going through the pipe that you have used to connect the water line? Simple and basic questions, but things that need to be confirmed.

If you had to remove the refrigerator doors during installation it is possible the water dispenser isn’t plugged in. Review the owner’s manual to find the wire harness for the particular refrigerator. Be sure that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

If the water is connected, usually there is air in the water line. So, engaging and disengaging the dispenser lever on the refrigerator to get the air out of it is needed.
Filter Problems

On some of the household refrigerators, there are different filters. These filters can “expire”, become clogged or become frozen. All filters are based on your model and type of refrigerator. If your filter is blocked it might cause slow filling or no flowing. It is suggested that your filter is changed every 6 months. Changing filters can be difficult. If you have issues, go online or call us and find the right process to replace a filter.

One recommendation is to fill the water filter with water before installing it. A lot of time the water filters can take a long amount of time to fill, which might cause you to believe that the water dispenser isn’t working. You should read the directions if nothing is working. To be certain it’s not air trapped in the lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser lever for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the cause of the problem as well in some refrigerators. If the tank is frozen it will leak onto the fresh food bins. Limited food in the fresh food bins could cause freezing to happen.