Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not dispensing water? If so, you can try to solve the issue by yourself or call P&G Baltimore Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Baltimore, Maryland.

There are a lot of reasons for a water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the reasons are going to sound a little strange. However, something as obvious as a power switch has been the reason before. Be sure to inspect the obvious potential problems before moving forward with refrigerator repair. Let’s start to cover this appliance repair issue and see all of the reasons we can cite for a broken water dispenser.

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

New Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just bought a brand new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it’s not dispensing water. The water dispenser must be connected to the home’s water line. That might be the problem.

If your new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that did not have an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a chance 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 under a house either in a crawl space or basement. You can get this type of water line at nearly any home repair store and they’re very simple for the average homeowner to install. Typically they have include a water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you ever need to move the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

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

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

Once the water is hooked up, most of the time there is air in the line. So, lifting and lowering the water dispenser control to get the air out is necessary.
Filter Issues

On some models, there are different filters. These filters might “expire”, clog or freeze. All of the filters are based on your model and brand of refrigerator. If your filter is clogged it will cause slow filling or no flowing. It is recommended that your filter be replaced every 6 months. Replacing filters in a refrigerator can be challenging. If you run into hiccups, go online or call us and find the proper process to change a filter.

One idea is to fill up the filter with water prior to installation. A lot of time the water filters will take a long time to fill, which might cause you to assume that the water dispenser is not working. You will want to read the manual if all else fails. To be certain it’s not air caught in the lines, depress the dispenser arm for about 5 minutes.

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