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 attempt to solve the problem on your own or call Foster Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair Tennessee.

There are several reasons for the water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some of the suggestions could sound a little strange. However, something as simple as an off switch on the refrigerator has been the reason in some instances. Be sure to review the obvious potential problems before proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s start to cover this appliance repair problem and see all of the reasons we can reference for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

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

New Refrigerator Installation Issues

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

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that did not feature a water dispenser or ice maker, there’s 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 usually run from underneath the house either in a crawl space or basement. You can buy this line at nearly any hardware store and they’re very simple for the typical homeowner to install. Usually they have a a built-in water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you need to move the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If you have an attached water line, is the valve 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? Simple and common questions, but things that need to be checked.

If you had to remove the refrigerator doors during installation the water dispenser might not be plugged in. Read the owner’s manual to find the wire harness for the particular model of refrigerator. Check that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

Once the water line is hooked up, usually there is air in it. So, lifting and lowering the water dispenser control on the refrigerator to get the air out is needed.
Filter Issues

On some popular models, there are various filters. These filters might “expire”, become clogged or get frozen. All of the filters are based on your model and brand of refrigerator. If your filter is clogged it can cause slow filling or no flowing. It’s suggested that your filter is changed every 6 months. Replacing filters can be difficult. If you run into issues, go online and learn the proper method to replace a filter.

One recommendation is to fill the water filter with water before installation. A lot of time the water filters can need a long time to fill up, which might cause you to believe the water dispenser is not working right. You should read the manual if nothing is working. To be sure it’s not air trapped in the water lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

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


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