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 try to repair the problem on your own or call Lynch Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair San Bernardino, California.

There are a lot of reasons for the water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to stop working. Again, some suggestions are going to sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as an on/off switch on the refrigerator has been the cause in some instances. Be sure to inspect the more obvious potential problems prior to moving forward with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to tackle this appliance repair problem and see what solutions we can cite for a broken water dispenser.

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

Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just purchased a new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it is not dispensing water. The water dispenser has to be hooked up to the water line. That might be the reason for the problem.

If the new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that did not have a water dispenser or ice maker, there is a possibility that you don’t have a water line running to this area of the kitchen. A water line is typically run from underneath a home either in a basement or crawl space. You can purchase this line at nearly any hardware store and they are very simple for the typical 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 there is a water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle must be in line with the hose. And, is there water going through the pipe you have installed to connect the water line? Simple and questions, but items that have to be checked.

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

When the water line is hooked up, usually there’s air in it. So, engaging and disengaging the dispenser lever to get the air out of it is necessary.
Filter Issues

On some popular models, there are different filters. These filters can “expire”, become clogged or get frozen. All of the filters are based on the model and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it will cause slow filling or no flowing. It’s suggested that your filter be changed every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be hard sometimes. If you have problems, go online and learn the right process to change a filter.

One recommendation is to fill the water filter with water prior to installation. A lot of time the water filters will need a long amount of time to fill up, which might lead you to believe that the water dispenser is not working. You should read the manual if all else fails. To be certain it is not air trapped in the lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

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