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 issue by yourself or call EZ Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair Missouri.

There are several reasons for the water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the suggestions could sound a little strange. However, something as obvious as an off switch on the refrigerator has been the reason in the past. Be sure to review the more obvious potential issues prior to proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover this appliance repair problem and see what causes we can cite for a broken water dispenser.

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

Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just installed a new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it’s broken. The water dispenser has to be hooked up to the home’s water line. That might be the cause of the issue.

If the new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that didn’t have a water dispenser or ice maker, there is a chance that you do not have a functioning water line running to this area. Most of the time a water line is typically run from underneath the house either in a basement or crawl space. You can buy this line at almost any hardware store and they’re very simple for the average homeowner to install. Typically they have include a water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you should need to relocate the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

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

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

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

On some popular models, there are different filters. These filters could “expire”, become clogged or get frozen. All filters are based on your style and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is clogged it might cause slow filling or no flowing. It’s recommended that your filter should be replaced every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be difficult. If you have issues, go online or call us and find the right process to change a filter.

One suggestion is to fill up the water filter with water prior to installation. Typically the water filters need a long time to fill up, which might lead you to assume that the water dispenser isn’t working. You will want to read the directions if nothing is working. To ensure it is not air caught in the lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might be the source of the problem as well on some models. If the water tank freezes it will begin to leak onto the fresh food bins. Low amounts of food inside of the fresh food bins will cause freezing.