Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If not, you can attempt to repair the problem by yourself or call Ideal Boston Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Boston, Massachusetts.

There are a lot of reasons for the water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some reasons could sound a bit crazy. However, something as simple as a power switch on the refrigerator has been the reason before. Be sure to inspect the obvious potential issues prior to proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s start to cover this appliance repair problem and see what reasons we can cite for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The reason for a water dispenser not working is commonly an installation problem, a filter problem or frozen water lines:

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

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

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that did not include an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a chance that you don’t have a functioning water line near this area of the kitchen. Most of the time a water line is commonly 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 are very easy for the typical homeowner to install. Typically 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 turn off the water.

If there is an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle needs to be lined up with the hose. And, is there water running through the pipe that you have installed to connect the water line? Simple and basic questions, but items that have to be checked.

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

When the water is hooked up, usually there is air in the line. So, engaging and disengaging the water dispenser lever to get the air out is needed.
Filter Problems

On some popular refrigerators, there are different filters. These filters could “expire”, become clogged or become frozen. All filters are based on your style and type of refrigerator. If the filter is clogged it will cause slow filling or no flowing period. It is recommended that your filter is replaced every 6 months. Replacing filters can be difficult. If you have issues, go online or call us and find the right process to replace a filter.

One idea is to fill the filter with water before installation. Typically the water filters can take a long amount of time to fill, which might cause you to assume that the water dispenser isn’t working. You will want to read the directions if nothing is working. To be certain it’s not air caught in the water lines, depress the dispenser lever for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might also be the reason for the issue as well on some models. If the tank is frozen it will leak onto the fresh food bins. Limited food in the fresh food bins could cause freezing to happen.

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