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 repair the problem by yourself or call Prime Henderson Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Henderson, Nevada.

There are several reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some reasons could sound a little strange. However, something as obvious as a power switch on the refrigerator has been the reason in the past. Be sure to check the obvious potential problems before proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s start to tackle this appliance repair problem and see all of the causes we can come up with for a broken water dispenser.

The cause of a water dispenser not working is usually either an installation error, a filter problem or frozen water tubes:

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just installed a brand new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it’s 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 include a water dispenser or ice maker, there’s a chance that you do not have a water line running to this area. A water line is usually run from under the house either in a basement or crawl space. You can get this line at nearly any hardware store and they’re 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 need to move the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

If there is an attached water line, is the valve on? The valve handle must be in line 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 things that have to be confirmed.

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

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

On some of the models, there are different filters. These filters could “expire”, clog or get frozen. All filters are based on the style and type of refrigerator. If the filter is clogged it might cause slow filling or no flowing. It’s recommended that your filter is replaced every 6 months. Changing filters can be challenging. If you have hiccups, go online or call us and find the proper process to change a filter.

One recommendation is to fill up the filter with water prior to installing it. A lot of time the water filters can take a long time to fill, which might cause you to think that the water dispenser is not working right. You should read the owner’s 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 cause of the problem as well on some refrigerators. If the water tank is frozen it will begin to leak onto the food bins. Small amounts of food inside of the fresh food bins can cause freezing.