Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not working? If so, you can attempt to solve the problem by yourself or call Marion Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair Louisiana.

There are several reasons for the water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the reasons could sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as an on/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 problem and see all of the reasons we can come up with for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The cause of a water dispenser not dispensing is typically an installation issue, a filter problem or frozen water lines:

Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just bought a brand new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it is not working. The water dispenser has to be hooked up to the home’s water line. That might be the problem.

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that did not have an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a chance that you don’t have a functioning water line near this area. A water line is typically run from under a home either in a crawl space or basement. You can get this line at nearly any home repair store and they are very simple for even the typical homeowner to install. Usually they have a a water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you should need to move the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If you have a water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle must be lined up with the hose. And, is water running through the pipe you have used to connect the water line? Obvious and basic questions, but things that need to be accounted for.

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

When the water line is hooked up, most of the time there’s air in the line. So, lifting and lowering the water dispenser lever on the refrigerator to get the air out is needed.
Filter Issues

On some of the household models, there are various filters. These filters could “expire”, clog or get frozen. All of the filters are based on the style and type of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it will cause slow filling or no flowing. It is suggested that your filter is changed every 6 months. Replacing filters in a refrigerator can be difficult. If you have hiccups, go online and learn the proper process to change a filter.

One recommendation is to fill the filter with water before installation. A lot of time the water filters will need a long amount of time to fill up, which might cause you to believe the water dispenser is not working. You should read the directions if all else fails. To ensure it is not air caught in the water lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser arm for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the reason for the issue as well on some models. If the tank is frozen it will start to leak onto the fresh food bins. Minimal food in the fresh food bins could cause freezing to happen.