If you have a refrigerator that has a water dispenser, this may be one of the best features of the fridge. At American Appliance Repair we find that too often, homeowners notice that the dispenser is not working any longer and just assume that it is too expensive to fix. Keep reading to find out simple troubleshooting options and then remember you can contact us at 800-640-9934 to have professional appliance repair.
Check the Dispenser Tube
If the issue involves a water dispenser that is blocked or sprays water in a way it shouldn’t, then it is likely that the dispenser tube is the issue. This is the small plastic tube that goes from the water line to the dispenser in the door and down to the dispensing assembly. Look at the plastic end-piece that pours into your glass and make sure it is not damaged, clogged, bent, or otherwise in need of repair.
Clean Out the Water Lines of Your Fridge
When your issue is related to low pressure, lack of water, or irregular dispensing, then it could be that you have a clog. This is likely if there is damage or another type of flaw in the water line or if the water filter is old. Take a look at your water line in segments. Check the components that run water through the water line to see if there is a clog. You can generally clean out clogs by running a mixture of baking soda, water, and vinegar through your line.
Inspect Your Water Filter
Water filters are often the cause of fridge troubles. Every fridge model has its own filter and filter system. The way filters fit into the socket closes into housing, and then there are clips into the water lines. If any issues are present with any of these, the lack of water can be explained. If you have a water filter that is twisted or clipped, the water flow will not be even.
Likewise, it is entirely possible that your water filter is simply too old. If you have a bad water filter, it can leave an unpleasant taste in the water. The fact that it stops filtering can also lead to a clog in the line caused by the minerals that are supposed to be filtered out. If you have not changed your water filter in the last six months, then it is likely you need to do so.
Make Sure Your Water Pressure is Right
If you are just getting a trickle out of your water dispenser then it could be an issue with water pressure. You can test this at a number of points to track down where the problem is. Begin at the water line in the wall where water comes into the dispenser. If there is no water pressure there then this explains the issue.