Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If so, you can try to solve the issue by yourself or call Metro Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair Maryland.

There are several reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to not work. Again, some of the reasons are going to sound a little strange. However, something as obvious as an on/off switch has been the reason in the past. Be sure to inspect the more obvious potential issues prior to proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover this appliance repair problem and see all of the solutions we can cite for a broken water dispenser.

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

Refrigerator Installation Issues

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

If your new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that did not include an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a possibility that you do not have a functioning water line near this area. A water line is typically run from under the home either in a basement or crawl space. You can purchase this type of water line at nearly any home repair store and they’re very easy for the average 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 there’s a water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle must be in line with the hose. And, is there water going through the pipe you have installed to connect the water line? Obvious and basic questions, but things that need to be checked.

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

Once the water line is hooked up, most of the time there is air in the line. So, engaging and disengaging the water dispenser lever to get the air out of it is needed.
Filter Problems

On some household refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters might “expire”, clog or get frozen. 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 at all. It is recommended that your filter be replaced every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be challenging. If you run into problems, go online and find the right process to replace a filter.

One suggestion is to fill up the water filter with water before installing it. A lot of time the water filters can need a long time to fill up, which could cause you to assume the water dispenser is not working. You should read the directions if nothing is working. To ensure it is not air caught in the water lines, depress the dispenser lever for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the cause of the issue as well in some models. If the tank is frozen it will begin to leak onto the food bins. Limited food in the fresh food bins can cause freezing.