Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not working? If not, you can attempt to repair the problem by yourself or call Cox Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair Anaheim.

There are several reasons for a water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to stop working. Again, some reasons could sound a little strange. However, something as simple as an on/off switch on the refrigerator has been the cause before. Be sure to check the more obvious potential problems prior to proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to tackle this appliance repair problem and see what reasons we can come up with for a broken water dispenser.

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

Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just bought a brand new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it is broken. The water dispenser has to be connected to the home’s water line. That might be the issue.

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that did not have a water dispenser or ice maker, there’s a possibility that you do not have a functioning water line near this area of the kitchen. Most of the time a water line is typically run from under a home either in a basement or crawl space. You can buy this type of water line at almost any hardware store and they are very easy for even the average homeowner to install. Usually they have come with 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 there’s an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle should be lined up with the hose. And, is water running through the pipe you have installed to connect the water line? Obvious and common questions, but things that need to be checked.

If you removed the doors during installation the water dispenser is not plugged in. Check the manual to see the wire harness for that particular refrigerator. Be sure that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

If the water line is hooked up, usually there is air in it. So, engaging and disengaging the water dispenser lever on the refrigerator to get the air out is necessary.
Filter Issues

On some of the household models, there are various filters. These filters can “expire”, become clogged or freeze. All of the filters are dependent on the model and brand of refrigerator. If your filter is blocked it can cause slow filling or no flowing. It is suggested that your filter be changed every 6 months. Replacing filters can be challenging. If you run into problems, go online and learn the proper method to change a filter.

One recommendation is to fill the filter with water before installing it. A lot of time the water filters need a long time to fill up, which could cause you to assume that the water dispenser on the refrigerator is not working right. You should read the manual if nothing is working. To be sure it is not air trapped in the water lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser lever for around 5 minutes.

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

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