Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not dispensing water? If not, you can attempt to repair the problem by yourself or call Solis Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Orlando, Florida.

There are a lot of reasons for a water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the suggestions are going to sound a bit crazy. However, something as simple as an on/off switch on the refrigerator has been the culprit in the past. Be sure to inspect the more obvious potential problems before moving forward with refrigerator repair. Let’s start to cover this appliance repair issue and see what reasons we can come up with for a broken water dispenser.

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

Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just purchased a brand new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it’s not working. The water dispenser has to be connected to the home’s water line. That could be the issue.

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that didn’t include an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a possibility that you do not have a water line near this area of the kitchen. A water line is usually run from underneath the home either in a basement or crawl space. You can acquire this type of water line at almost any home repair store and they are very easy for even the average homeowner to install. Usually they have come with 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 you have a 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 you have installed 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 it’s possible the water dispenser may not be plugged in. Review the manual to find the wire harness for the particular model of refrigerator. Check that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

When the water is connected, most of the time there is air in the water line. So, engaging and disengaging the dispenser control to get the air out is necessary.
Filter Problems

On some refrigerators, there are different filters. These filters could “expire”, clog or become frozen. All filters are dependent on the model and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it might cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It’s suggested that your filter is replaced every 6 months. Replacing filters can be challenging. If you have problems, go online and find the right process to change a filter.

One suggestion is to fill up the water filter with water before installation. A lot of time the water filters will take a long amount of time to fill up, which might cause you to think that the water dispenser is not working. You should read the directions if nothing is working. To be certain it is not air caught in the lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser arm for about 5 minutes.

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