Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not working? If not, you can try to solve the problem by yourself or call Halo Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair CITY, STATE.

There are a lot of reasons for the water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to stop working. Again, some reasons could sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as a power switch has been the reason in the past. Be sure to check the obvious potential problems prior to proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover this appliance repair problem and see all of the reasons we can cite for a broken water dispenser.

The reason for a broken water dispenser is typically an installation error, a filter issue or frozen water tubes:

New Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just purchased a new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it’s not dispensing water. The water dispenser must be connected to the water line. That could be the reason for the issue.

If the new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that did not have a water dispenser or ice maker, there’s a possibility that you don’t have a functioning water line near this area. Most of the time a water line is commonly run from underneath the house either in a basement or crawl space. You can acquire this type of water line at nearly any hardware store and they are very easy for even the typical homeowner to install. Typically they have a 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 there’s an attached water line, is the valve on? The valve handle must be lined up with the hose. And, is water going through the pipe that you have used to connect the water line? Simple and common questions, but items that need to be accounted for.

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

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

On some refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters could “expire”, clog or freeze. All of the filters are based on your style and type of refrigerator. If your filter is blocked it will cause slow filling or no flowing period. It’s suggested that your filter should be replaced every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be challenging. If you have issues, go online or call us and find the proper method to replace a filter.

One idea is to fill the water filter with water prior to installation. Typically the water filters will take a long amount of time to fill up, which could lead you to believe that the water dispenser isn’t working right. You will want to read the directions if all else fails. To be sure it’s not air caught in the lines, depress the dispenser lever for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the cause of the issue as well on some models. If the tank freezes it will begin to leak onto the food bins. Minimal food inside of the fresh food bins could cause freezing to happen.