Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If so, you can attempt to solve the issue by yourself or call Sparks Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Sparks, Nevada.

There are several reasons for the water dispenser in a 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 has been the cause in some instances. Be sure to check the more obvious potential problems prior to proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to tackle this appliance repair problem and see all of the solutions we can cite for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The reason for a water dispenser not dispensing is commonly an installation error, a filter problem or frozen water tubes:

Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just installed a new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it’s broken. The water dispenser must be hooked up to the water line. That could be the cause of the issue.

If your new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that did not have a water dispenser or ice maker, there’s a possibility that you do not have a water line near this area. A water line is usually run from underneath the home either in a basement or crawl space. You can get this type of water line at nearly any hardware store and they are very easy for the average homeowner to install. Usually they have include a built-in water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you ever need to relocate the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

If there is an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle must be lined up with the hose. And, is water running through the pipe you have used to connect the water line? Simple and basic questions, but items that need to be confirmed.

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

If the water line is connected, 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 is needed.
Filter Problems

On some household models, there are different filters. These filters might “expire”, clog or become frozen. All filters are dependent on your style and type of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it might cause slow filling or no flowing period. It’s suggested that your filter should be changed every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be difficult. If you run into hiccups, go online and find the proper process to change a filter.

One recommendation is to fill up the water filter with water prior to installation. A lot of time the water filters take a long time to fill up, which could cause you to assume that the water dispenser isn’t working right. You will want to read the manual if nothing is working. To be sure it’s not air caught in the water lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser arm for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the source of the problem as well on some refrigerators. If the tank freezes it will leak onto the food bins. Small amounts of food inside of the fresh food bins will cause freezing to happen.