Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If not, you can try to repair the issue on your own or call EZ Boise Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Boise, Idaho.

There are many reasons for the water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some of the suggestions might sound a little strange. However, something as simple as a power switch has been the culprit in the past. Be sure to check the more obvious potential issues before moving forward 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 on a refrigerator.

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

New Refrigerator Installation Issues

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

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that didn’t have an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a possibility that you do not have a functioning water line running to this area of the kitchen. A water line is usually run from under a house either in a basement or crawl space. You can acquire this line at just about any hardware store and they’re pretty simple for even the average homeowner to install. Usually they have include a built-in water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you ever need to move the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

If there is a water line, is the valve on? The valve handle must be lined up with the hose. And, is there water going through the pipe that you have used to connect the water line? Obvious and questions, but things that need to be confirmed.

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

If the water line is connected, most of the time there’s air in it. So, lifting and lowering the water dispenser lever to get the air out is needed.
Filter Issues

On some of the household models, there are various filters. These filters can “expire”, clog or freeze. All filters are based on your style and brand of refrigerator. If your filter is clogged it might cause slow filling or no flowing. It’s recommended that your filter should be changed every 6 months. Replacing filters in a refrigerator can be difficult. If you run into hiccups, go online and find the right method to replace a filter.

One recommendation is to fill the water filter with water before installation. Typically the water filters can take a long time to fill up, which could lead you to think that the water dispenser isn’t working. You will want to read the manual if all else fails. To be sure it’s not air caught in the lines, depress the dispenser lever for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might be the source of the issue as well in some models. If the water tank is frozen it will leak onto the fresh food bins. Small amounts of food inside of the fresh food bins can cause freezing.


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