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 attempt to solve the problem by yourself or call F&S Fort Worth Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Fort Worth, Texas.

There are a lot of reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to not work. Again, some suggestions might sound a little strange. However, something as obvious as an off switch on the refrigerator has been the cause before. Be sure to check the more obvious potential problems before proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s start to tackle this appliance repair issue and see what causes we can cite for a broken water dispenser.

The cause of a water dispenser not dispensing is commonly either an installation issue, a filter issue 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 connected to the home’s water line. That might be the issue.

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that did not have an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a chance that you do not have a water line near this area. Most of the time a water line is commonly run from under the house either in a crawl space or basement. You can get this line at nearly any hardware store and they are very simple for even the typical 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 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 going through the pipe you have installed to connect the water line? Simple and common questions, but items that have to be accounted for.

If you had to remove the refrigerator doors during installation it is possible the water dispenser is not plugged in. Read the manual to see the wire harness for that particular refrigerator. Be sure that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

If the water is connected, most of the time there’s air in it. So, engaging and disengaging the water dispenser lever on the refrigerator to get the air out is necessary.
Filter Issues

On some of the models, there are various filters. These filters might “expire”, become clogged or freeze. All of the filters are dependent on the style and type of refrigerator. If your filter is blocked it can cause slow filling or no flowing. It is recommended that your filter be changed every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be difficult. If you have hiccups, go online or call us and find the right method to replace a filter.

One recommendation is to fill up the filter with water prior to installation. Typically the water filters will take a long amount of time to fill up, which could lead you to think that the water dispenser on the refrigerator is not working. You should read the manual if nothing is working. To ensure it’s not air trapped in the water lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser lever for about 5 minutes.

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