Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If so, you can attempt to solve the issue by yourself or call Weatherford Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Weatherford, Texas.

There are a lot of reasons for a water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to stop working. Again, some suggestions might sound a little strange. However, something as simple as an on/off switch has been the cause before. Be sure to inspect the more 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 come up with for a broken water dispenser.

The cause of a broken water dispenser is typically an installation issue, a filter problem or frozen water tubes:

New Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just installed a new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it is broken. The water dispenser must be connected to the home’s water line. That might be the issue.

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that didn’t include an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a chance that you do not have a functioning water line running to this area of the kitchen. A water line is usually run from underneath the home either in a basement or crawl space. You can buy this line at almost any hardware store and they’re pretty simple for even the average homeowner to install. Typically they have come with a built-in water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you ever need to move the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If you have a connected water line, is the valve on? The valve handle must be lined up with the hose. And, is water running through the pipe you have installed to connect the water line? Simple and questions, but items that need to be accounted for.

If you removed the doors during installation the water dispenser may not be plugged in. Review the manual to find the wire harness for that particular model of refrigerator. Check that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

When the water line is connected, most of the time there’s air in it. So, lifting and lowering the water dispenser lever on the refrigerator to get the air out of it is necessary.
Filter Problems

On some of the popular refrigerators, there are different filters. These filters can “expire”, clog or freeze. All of the filters are based on your style and type of refrigerator. If your filter is clogged it can cause slow filling or no flowing. It’s suggested that your filter is replaced every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be difficult. If you have hiccups, go online and learn the right method to change a filter.

One idea is to fill the water filter with water before installation. A lot of time the water filters can take a long time to fill up, which could lead you to think that the water dispenser isn’t working. You should read the owner’s manual if all else fails. To ensure it is not air trapped in the lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser lever for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might be the reason for the problem as well in some models. If the tank is frozen it will leak onto the food bins. Small amounts of food in the fresh food bins will cause freezing.