Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If not, you can attempt to solve the issue by yourself or call Shaw Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair CITY, STATE.

There are many reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to not work. Again, some suggestions could sound a little strange. However, something as simple as an on/off switch has been the cause in some instances. Be sure to inspect the obvious potential issues before moving forward with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s start to cover this appliance repair issue and see what reasons we can come up with for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

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

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just bought a new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it is broken. The water dispenser has to be hooked up to the home’s water line. That could be the cause of the problem.

If your new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that didn’t feature an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a chance that you do not have a water line near this area. A water line is usually run from under a home either in a crawl space or basement. You can purchase this line at nearly any hardware store and they’re pretty simple for the typical homeowner to install. Typically they have include a built-in water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you ever need to relocate the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If you have an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle needs to be lined up with the hose. And, is there water running through the pipe that you have installed to connect the water line? Simple and basic questions, but items that have to be confirmed.

If you had to remove the doors during installation it is possible the water dispenser might not be plugged in. Review the manual to see the wire harness for that particular model of refrigerator. Be sure that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

When the water is hooked up, usually there’s air in the line. So, lifting and lowering the dispenser lever to get the air out is needed.
Filter Problems

On some of the popular refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters might “expire”, become clogged or become frozen. All of the filters are based on the style and type of refrigerator. If your filter is blocked it will cause slow filling or no flowing. It’s recommended that your filter should be replaced every 6 months. Replacing filters in a refrigerator can be hard sometimes. If you have hiccups, go online and learn the proper process to change a filter.

One idea is to fill the filter with water before installing it. Typically the water filters take a long amount of time to fill, which could lead you to assume that the water dispenser isn’t working. You should read the manual if nothing is working. To ensure it’s not air trapped in the water lines, depress the dispenser arm for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the source of the problem as well on some models. If the tank freezes it will begin to leak onto the fresh food bins. Limited food in the fresh food bins will cause freezing to occur.