Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If not, you can attempt to solve the problem by yourself or call Hoboken Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Hoboken, New Jersey.

There are many reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some of the reasons are going to sound a little strange. However, something as simple as an off switch has been the reason before. Be sure to inspect the obvious potential problems prior to moving forward with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover this appliance repair problem and see all of the causes we can cite for a broken water dispenser.

The cause of a water dispenser not working is usually an installation issue, a filter failure or frozen water lines:

Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just bought a brand new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it is not working. The water dispenser must be hooked up to the water line. That could be the issue.

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that did not have an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a possibility that you don’t have a water line running to this area of the kitchen. A water line is typically run from under a house either in a basement or crawl space. You can purchase this type of water line at nearly any hardware store and they’re very simple for the average homeowner to install. Usually they have include a built-in water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you need to move the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

If there is an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle needs to be in line with the hose. And, is water going through the pipe you have used to connect the water line? Simple and basic questions, but items that need to be checked.

If you removed the refrigerator doors during installation it is possible the water dispenser might not be plugged in. Read the owner’s manual to find the wire harness for the particular model of refrigerator. Ensure that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

When the water line is hooked up, most of the time there is air in the water line. So, engaging and disengaging the water dispenser lever on the refrigerator to get the air out of it is needed.
Filter Issues

On some refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters might “expire”, clog or freeze. All of the filters are based on your style and type of refrigerator. If the filter is clogged it will cause slow filling or no flowing period. It’s suggested that your filter should be replaced every 6 months. Replacing filters can be difficult. If you have problems, go online and find the proper method to replace a filter.

One idea is to fill the filter with water prior to installation. A lot of time the water filters take a long time to fill up, which might lead you to assume that the water dispenser isn’t working right. You will want to read the directions 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 be the cause of the issue as well on some refrigerators. If the tank freezes it will leak onto the food bins. Minimal food in the fresh food bins might cause freezing to happen.