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 solve the problem by yourself or call L&C Virginia Beach Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Virginia Beach, Virginia.

There are many reasons for the water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to not work. Again, some of the suggestions could sound a bit crazy. However, something as simple as a power switch on the refrigerator has been the culprit before. Be sure to check the more obvious potential problems before proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s start to tackle this appliance repair issue and see all of the reasons we can come up with for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

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

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just installed a new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it’s not working. The water dispenser has to be hooked up to the home’s water line. That might be the cause of the problem.

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that didn’t include a water dispenser or ice maker, there is a possibility that you don’t have a functioning water line running to this area of the kitchen. Most of the time a water line is commonly run from underneath the house either in a crawl space or basement. You can get this type of water line at almost any hardware store and they are pretty easy for the average homeowner to install. Usually they have include a water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you need to move the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

If there is an attached water line, is the valve on? The valve handle must be in line with the hose. And, is there water going through the pipe that you have installed to connect the water line? Simple and questions, but things that need to be confirmed.

If you had to remove the doors during installation the water dispenser is not plugged in. Review the manual to find the wire harness for that particular model of refrigerator. Be sure that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

Once the water is hooked up, most of the time there’s air in the line. So, engaging and disengaging the dispenser lever on the refrigerator to get the air out of it is necessary.
Filter Issues

On some popular refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters could “expire”, become clogged or freeze. All filters are dependent on your style and brand of refrigerator. If your filter is blocked it might cause slow filling or no flowing period. It’s recommended that your filter be replaced every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be difficult. If you run into problems, go online and learn the proper process to replace a filter.

One suggestion is to fill the water filter with water before installing it. A lot of time the water filters will need a long time to fill up, which could lead you to believe the water dispenser on the refrigerator isn’t working. You should read the manual if nothing is working. To be certain it is not air trapped in the water lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser lever for about 5 minutes.

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