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 attempt to repair the problem by yourself or call Express Vista Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Vista, California.

There are several reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some suggestions might sound a little strange. However, something as simple as an on/off switch on the refrigerator has been the culprit in some instances. Be sure to review the obvious potential issues before proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to tackle this appliance repair issue and see all of the reasons we can cite for a broken water dispenser.

The reason for a water dispenser not dispensing is usually an installation error, a filter failure or frozen water lines:

New Refrigerator Installation Issues

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

If the new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that didn’t include a water dispenser or ice maker, there is a possibility that you do not have a water line near this area of the kitchen. Most of the time a water line is typically run from under a home either in a basement or crawl space. You can acquire this line at just about any hardware store and they’re pretty simple for even the typical homeowner to install. Typically they have include a built-in water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you should need to move the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If you have an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle needs to be lined up with the hose. And, is there water going through the pipe that 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 the water dispenser may not be plugged in. Check the owner’s manual to find the wire harness for that particular model of refrigerator. Ensure that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

If the water line is hooked up, usually there’s air in it. So, engaging and disengaging the dispenser control to get the air out is needed.
Filter Issues

On some of the popular models, there are different filters. These filters could “expire”, become clogged or become frozen. All of the filters are dependent on the style and type of refrigerator. If your filter is blocked it might cause slow filling or no flowing. It is suggested that your filter be replaced every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be difficult. If you have issues, go online and find the right process to change a filter.

One suggestion is to fill the filter with water before installing it. Typically the water filters take a long amount of time to fill, which could cause you to assume the water dispenser isn’t working right. You will want to read the directions if all else fails. To be certain it’s not air trapped in the water lines, depress the dispenser lever for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might also be the reason for the issue as well on some models. If the water tank freezes it will begin to leak onto the food bins. Low amounts of food inside of the fresh food bins could cause freezing to occur.