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 attempt to repair the problem by yourself or call Excel Oxnard Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Oxnard, California.

There are a lot of reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some of the suggestions might sound a little strange. However, something as simple as an on/off switch has been the culprit in the past. Be sure to review the more obvious potential problems before proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to tackle this appliance repair issue and see what solutions we can come up with for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The cause of a water dispenser not dispensing is usually either an installation problem, a filter problem or frozen water lines:

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just bought a brand new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it’s broken. The water dispenser has to be hooked up to the water line. That might be the reason for the problem.

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that didn’t have an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a chance that you don’t have a functioning water line near this area. Most of the time a water line is usually run from under a house either in a crawl space or basement. You can acquire this type of water line at nearly any hardware store and they are pretty simple for even the typical homeowner to install. Usually they have a a 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 an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle must be lined up with the hose. And, is water going through the pipe that you have used to connect the water line? Obvious and common questions, but things that need to be accounted for.

If you removed the doors during installation the water dispenser isn’t plugged in. Review the owner’s manual to see the wire harness for that particular model of refrigerator. Ensure that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

If the water line is connected, 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 needed.
Filter Issues

On some refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters could “expire”, become clogged or get frozen. All filters are dependent on your style and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it will cause slow filling or no flowing. It is suggested that your filter should be replaced every 6 months. Replacing filters in a refrigerator can be challenging. If you have problems, go online or call us and learn the proper method to replace a filter.

One idea is to fill the water filter with water prior to installation. A lot of time the water filters will take a long time to fill up, which might lead you to believe the water dispenser is not working. You will want to read the manual if all else fails. To ensure it is not air caught in the lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser lever for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might also be the reason for the issue as well on some refrigerators. If the water tank freezes it will begin to leak onto the food bins. Limited food inside of the fresh food bins can cause freezing to occur.