Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If so, you can attempt to solve the issue by yourself or call Hayward Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Hayward, California.

There are many reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some reasons might sound a bit crazy. However, something as simple as an on/off switch on the refrigerator has been the culprit in some instances. Be sure to inspect the obvious potential problems before proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover this appliance repair issue and see all of the reasons we can come up with for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The cause of a water dispenser not dispensing is typically an installation issue, a filter failure or frozen water tubes:

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 water line. That could be the cause of the problem.

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that didn’t have an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a chance that you don’t have a water line near this area. A water line is usually run from under the house either in a crawl space or basement. You can get 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 water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you need to relocate the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

If there is an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle should be lined up 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 have to be checked.

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

When the water is hooked up, most of the time there’s air in it. So, lifting and lowering the dispenser control to get the air out is necessary.
Filter Issues

On some household models, there are different filters. These filters might “expire”, become clogged or freeze. All filters are based on your style and type of refrigerator. If the filter is clogged it can cause slow filling or no flowing period. It’s recommended that your filter is replaced every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be difficult. If you have issues, go online and learn the proper method to change a filter.

One suggestion is to fill the water filter with water before installation. A lot of time the water filters can take a long amount of time to fill up, which could lead you to believe that the water dispenser isn’t working right. You will want to read the owner’s manual if nothing is working. To be sure it is not air caught in the water lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the reason for the problem as well on some models. If the tank is frozen it will leak onto the food bins. Small amounts of food inside of the fresh food bins can cause freezing to occur.