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 try to repair the issue by yourself or call Midwest Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair Minnesota.

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 on the refrigerator has been the cause in the past. Be sure to inspect the obvious potential problems before moving forward with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover this appliance repair problem and see what causes we can reference for a broken water dispenser.

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

New 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 problem.

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that didn’t include a water dispenser or ice maker, there is a possibility that you don’t have a functioning water line near this area of the kitchen. A water line is commonly run from under the house either in a crawl space or basement. You can acquire this line at just about any hardware store and they’re very simple for even the average homeowner to install. Typically they have include a water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you ever need to move the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

If you have a connected water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle should be lined up with the hose. And, is there water running through the pipe you have used to connect the water line? Simple and common questions, but items that have to be accounted for.

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

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

On some of the models, there are different filters. These filters could “expire”, become clogged or freeze. All filters are based on your style and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it can cause slow filling or no flowing period. It’s recommended that your filter should be replaced every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be difficult. If you have issues, go online or call us and learn the proper process to replace a filter.

One suggestion is to fill the filter with water prior to installing it. Typically the water filters can need a long time to fill, which might lead you to assume that the water dispenser is not working right. You will want to read the directions if nothing is working. To be sure it’s not air caught in the lines, depress the dispenser arm for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might also be the source of the issue as well on some models. If the water tank freezes it will leak onto the fresh food bins. Small amounts of food in the fresh food bins will cause freezing.