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 try to repair the problem by yourself or call Action Mansfield Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Mansfield, Texas.

There are a lot of reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some suggestions could sound a little strange. However, something as obvious as an off switch has been the cause in some instances. Be sure to check the obvious potential problems before moving forward with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover this appliance repair issue and see what solutions we can cite for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The reason for a water dispenser not working is commonly an installation error, a filter issue or frozen water tubes:

Refrigerator Installation Problems

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

If your new refrigerator is replacing an older refrigerator that didn’t feature an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a chance that you don’t have a functioning water line near this area of the kitchen. Most of the time a water line is commonly run from under a house either in a basement or crawl space. You can get this type of water line at nearly any hardware store and they are pretty simple for even the average homeowner to install. Typically they have include a built-in 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 is an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle needs to be lined up with the hose. And, is water running through the pipe that you have used to connect the water line? Obvious and basic questions, but things that need to be checked.

If you had to remove the doors during installation the water dispenser may not be plugged in. Check the manual to see the wire harness for the particular refrigerator. Be sure that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

Once the water line is connected, usually there is air in it. So, engaging and disengaging the water dispenser lever on the refrigerator to get the air out of it is necessary.
Filter Issues

On some of the refrigerators, there are different filters. These filters could “expire”, become clogged or get frozen. All filters are dependent on your model and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is clogged it will cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It is suggested that your filter be replaced every 6 months. Changing filters can be hard sometimes. If you have issues, go online or call us and find the right process to change a filter.

One suggestion is to fill the water filter with water before installation. A lot of time the water filters can need a long amount of time to fill, which could cause you to assume the water dispenser on the refrigerator is not working right. You should read the directions if all else fails. To ensure it is not air trapped in the lines, depress the dispenser lever for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the source of the problem as well in some refrigerators. If the tank freezes it will leak onto the food bins. Small amounts of food in the fresh food bins will cause freezing.