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 solve the issue by yourself or call Duncan Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Jersey City, New Jersey.

There are several reasons for the water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some of the suggestions are going to sound a little strange. However, something as simple as an on/off switch has been the culprit in the past. Be sure to review the obvious potential problems prior to proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover this appliance repair issue and see all of the causes we can cite for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The reason for a water dispenser not dispensing is usually either an installation error, a filter failure or frozen water lines:

New Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just purchased a brand new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it’s broken. The water dispenser must be hooked up to the home’s water line. That might be the problem.

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that did not include an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a possibility that you do not have a functioning water line running to this area of the kitchen. A water line is commonly 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’re very simple for the average homeowner to install. Usually they have come with a water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you should need to relocate the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If there’s a connected water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle needs to be in line with the hose. And, is water running through the pipe that you have used to connect the water line? Obvious and basic questions, but things that have to be checked.

If you had to remove the doors during installation it’s possible the water dispenser isn’t plugged in. Read the owner’s manual to find the wire harness for the particular model of refrigerator. Check that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

Once the water line is connected, usually there’s air in the water line. So, lifting and lowering the dispenser control on the refrigerator to get the air out is necessary.
Filter Problems

On some household models, there are various filters. These filters could “expire”, clog or freeze. All of the filters are dependent on your style and type of refrigerator. If your filter is blocked it might cause slow filling or no flowing. It’s recommended that your filter should be changed every 6 months. Changing filters can be difficult. If you run into issues, go online or call us and find the right process to change a filter.

One recommendation is to fill the water filter with water before installing it. A lot of time the water filters can take a long time to fill, which could lead you to assume the water dispenser is not working. You should read the directions if all else fails. To be certain it’s not air caught in the lines, depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

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