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 by yourself or call Bell Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair Florida.

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

The cause of a broken water dispenser is usually an installation issue, a filter problem or frozen water lines:

New Refrigerator Installation Issues

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

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing an older refrigerator that didn’t feature an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a chance that you don’t have a water line running to this area of the kitchen. Most of the time a water line is usually run from under the house either in a basement or crawl space. You can get this line at just about any home repair store and they are very easy for even the average homeowner to install. Typically they have include a water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you ever need to relocate the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If there is an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle needs to be lined up with the hose. And, is water running through the pipe that you have installed to connect the water line? Obvious and questions, but items that have to be checked.

If you removed the refrigerator doors during installation it’s possible the water dispenser may not be plugged in. Check the manual to find the wire harness for that particular refrigerator. Check that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

When the water 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 of it is needed.
Filter Problems

On some of the household models, there are various filters. These filters can “expire”, clog or freeze. All filters are dependent on your model and type of refrigerator. If the filter is clogged it can cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It’s suggested that your filter is changed every 6 months. Changing filters can be challenging. If you have problems, go online or call us and find the proper method to change a filter.

One idea is to fill the filter with water before installation. A lot of time the water filters take a long time to fill up, which could cause you to think the water dispenser on the refrigerator is not working. You should read the owner’s manual if all else fails. To ensure it’s not air trapped in the lines, depress the dispenser lever for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the cause of the issue as well in some models. If the tank is frozen it will start to leak onto the fresh food bins. Limited food inside of the fresh food bins might cause freezing.