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 ASAP Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Greenwood, Indiana.

There are several reasons for a water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some reasons might sound a bit crazy. However, something as simple as an on/off switch has been the culprit in the past. Be sure to check the more obvious potential problems before moving forward with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to tackle this appliance repair problem and see what causes we can come up with for a broken water dispenser.

The cause of a water dispenser not dispensing is commonly an installation issue, a filter failure or frozen water tubes:

Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just installed a brand new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it’s broken. The water dispenser must be hooked up to the water line. That might be the reason for the issue.

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that did not have a water dispenser or ice maker, there’s a possibility that you do not have a water line running to this area of the kitchen. A water line is usually run from underneath the home either in a crawl space or basement. You can buy this line at nearly any home repair store and they’re very simple for the typical homeowner to install. Typically they have a a built-in water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you should need to move the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

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

If you had to remove the refrigerator doors during installation it is possible the water dispenser may not be 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.

Once the water is connected, usually there is air in the water line. So, lifting and lowering the water dispenser control to get the air out of it is necessary.
Filter Issues

On some household models, there are various filters. These filters could “expire”, become clogged or freeze. All filters are based on the style and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it can cause slow filling or no flowing period. It is recommended that your filter is changed every 6 months. Replacing filters can be hard sometimes. If you have problems, go online or call us and find the right process to replace a filter.

One idea is to fill the filter with water prior to installation. Typically the water filters take a long amount of time to fill up, which could lead you to assume the water dispenser on the refrigerator isn’t working right. You should read the manual if all else fails. To be sure it is not air trapped in the water lines, depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the reason for the problem as well on some refrigerators. If the water tank freezes it will leak onto the fresh food bins. Minimal food inside of the fresh food bins could cause freezing.


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