Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If not, you can try to repair the problem by yourself or call Cherry Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair Virginia.

There are many reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some of the suggestions could sound a little strange. However, something as obvious as a power switch on the refrigerator has been the reason in the past. Be sure to inspect the more obvious potential problems prior to proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s start to cover this appliance repair problem and see what reasons we can reference for a broken water dispenser.

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

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just installed a 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 could be the reason for the issue.

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that did not feature an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a possibility that you do not have a functioning water line near this area. Most of the time a water line is usually run from underneath a house either in a basement or crawl space. You can acquire this type of water line at just about any hardware store and they are very simple for even the average homeowner to install. Usually they have come with a built-in water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you ever need to relocate the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

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

If you removed the doors during installation it’s possible the water dispenser isn’t plugged in. Read the manual to find the wire harness for that particular refrigerator. Be sure that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

If the water line is connected, most of the time there’s air in it. So, lifting and lowering the water dispenser control to get the air out of it is needed.
Filter Problems

On some popular models, there are various filters. These filters might “expire”, clog or freeze. All of the filters are dependent on your style and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it can cause slow filling or no flowing. It is recommended that your filter should be replaced every 6 months. Replacing filters in a refrigerator can be hard sometimes. If you have problems, go online or call us and learn the proper method to change a filter.

One idea is to fill up the filter with water prior to installation. Typically the water filters need a long time to fill, which could cause you to think the water dispenser is not working right. You should read the owner’s manual if nothing is working. To be certain it’s not air trapped in the lines, depress the dispenser arm for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might be the reason for the issue as well on some refrigerators. If the water tank is frozen it will leak onto the fresh food bins. Low amounts of food inside of the fresh food bins will cause freezing.