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 try to solve the issue by yourself or call Tyson’s Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair CITY, STATE.

There are many reasons for the water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the suggestions are going to sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as an on/off switch has been the culprit before. Be sure to check the more obvious potential issues before proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover this appliance repair problem and see all of the reasons we can cite for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

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

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just bought a brand new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it’s not working. The water dispenser has to be hooked up to the water line. That might be the issue.

If the new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that didn’t have a water dispenser or ice maker, there is a chance that you do not have a water line running to this area of the kitchen. Most of the time a water line is usually run from under the home either in a basement or crawl space. You can get this line at nearly any home repair store and they are 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’s an attached water line, is the valve on? The valve handle needs to be in line with the hose. And, is water going through the pipe that you have installed to connect the water line? Simple and questions, but items that need to be accounted for.

If you had to remove the refrigerator doors during installation it is possible the water dispenser is not plugged in. Read the manual to find the wire harness for that particular model of refrigerator. Ensure that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

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

On some of the popular models, there are different filters. These filters could “expire”, clog or get frozen. All filters are dependent on the model and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it can cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It’s suggested that your filter should be changed every 6 months. Changing filters can be difficult. If you run into problems, go online or call us and learn the proper method to replace a filter.

One suggestion is to fill up the water filter with water prior to installing it. Typically the water filters will need a long amount of time to fill, which might lead you to believe the water dispenser isn’t working right. You will want to read the owner’s manual if nothing is working. To be certain it is not air trapped in the lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser arm for about 5 minutes.

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