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 attempt to repair the issue by yourself or call Rapid Riverside Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Riverside, California.

There are a lot of reasons for a water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to not work. Again, some of the suggestions could sound a little strange. However, something as obvious as an off switch has been the culprit before. Be sure to review the more obvious potential issues prior to moving forward with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s start to cover this appliance repair issue and see what reasons we can cite for a broken water dispenser.

The reason for a water dispenser not dispensing is commonly either an installation issue, a filter problem or frozen water tubes:

New Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just bought a new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it is not dispensing water. The water dispenser has to be connected to the home’s water line. That could be the issue.

If your new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that did not include a water dispenser or ice maker, there’s a chance that you don’t have a water line near this area. Most of the time a water line is commonly run from underneath a home either in a crawl space or basement. You can buy this type of water line at just about any hardware store and they are very simple for the average homeowner to install. Typically they have a 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 on? The valve handle needs to be lined up with the hose. And, is water going through the pipe you have installed to connect the water line? Simple and questions, but items that need to be checked.

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

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

On some of the models, there are various filters. These filters could “expire”, become clogged or freeze. All of the filters are based on your style and type of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it will cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It is suggested that your filter should be replaced every 6 months. Changing filters can be hard sometimes. If you have problems, go online or call us and learn the right method to replace a filter.

One idea is to fill up the water filter with water before installing it. A lot of time the water filters will need a long amount of time to fill, which could lead you to assume the water dispenser on the refrigerator is not working right. You will want to read the owner’s manual if all else fails. To ensure it’s not air caught in the water lines, depress the dispenser lever for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the reason for the problem as well in some refrigerators. If the water tank is frozen it will leak onto the food bins. Low amounts of food inside of the fresh food bins could cause freezing to happen.