Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not working? If not, you can attempt to repair the issue on your own or call Martin Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Spokane, Washington.

There are many reasons for the water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some suggestions could sound a little strange. However, something as simple as a power switch has been the cause in the past. Be sure to check the more obvious potential issues prior to proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s start to cover this appliance repair issue and see what solutions we can reference for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The reason for a broken water dispenser is usually an installation problem, a filter problem or frozen water lines:

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just purchased a new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it’s not working. The water dispenser has to be connected to the water line. That could be the cause of the problem.

If your new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that didn’t include a water dispenser or ice maker, there’s a possibility that you don’t have a water line near this area of the kitchen. Most of the time a water line is usually run from underneath the home either in a basement or crawl space. You can get this line at nearly any hardware store and they are very easy for even the typical homeowner to install. Typically they have come with a water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you should need to relocate the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

If there’s a connected water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle should be lined up with the hose. And, is water running through the pipe you have installed to connect the water line? Simple and common questions, but things that have to be accounted for.

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

When the water line is connected, usually there is air in the line. So, engaging and disengaging the dispenser lever to get the air out is needed.
Filter Issues

On some household models, there are different filters. These filters can “expire”, become clogged or freeze. All of the filters are based on your style and type of refrigerator. If your filter is blocked it might cause slow filling or no flowing period. It is recommended that your filter should be replaced every 6 months. Changing filters can be difficult. If you run into hiccups, go online or call us and find the proper process to replace a filter.

One recommendation is to fill up the filter with water before installing it. Typically the water filters take a long amount of time to fill up, which might lead you to believe the water dispenser on the refrigerator isn’t working. You should read the owner’s manual if nothing is working. To ensure it’s not air caught in the water lines, depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might also be the cause of the problem as well on some refrigerators. If the water tank is frozen it will leak onto the fresh food bins. Limited food in the fresh food bins might cause freezing.