We all love our gadgets, but it can be very frustrating when they are not working properly. Filtered water is very popular these days, which is why you see a water dispenser in most refrigerators. However, there will surely be a time when you will stick that glass under the dispenser and the fridge is not dispensing water. We are going to take a look at some of the most common reasons as to why that would happen today.
Check Door Sensor
This is the easiest possible fix. Water dispensers only work when the fridge is closed. Open the fridge door, then depress the sensor to see if the light goes off. If the light goes off, the sensor is working properly. If it remains on, the sensor is broken and will need to be fixed.
Check Your Ice Maker
The ice maker and the water dispenser are going to run off the same system, so you can troubleshoot the issue by checking the ice maker first. If you are still getting ice, the problem is more than likely that your water pressure is too low, which narrows down the issue.
If the ice maker is not working, it could be a problem with the inlet valve that brings water into the fridge. You can check this by pulling the fridge out to see if they are any kinks or leaks in the line. If you see any water on the floor, that is a sure sign that you have a leak.
Check the Filter
Generally speaking, water filters are changed every six months. However, if you use that water dispenser a lot, it may need to be changed more frequently. If you have not changed the water filter recently or never changed it, this is a fairly straightforward process and might save you the cost of a repairman. In most refrigerators, the filter is in the upper left or right of the top of the inside of the refrigerator. There will be a small latch to depress, which will open up the area where the filter is held. If the filter has not been changed out in some time, this very well could be the cause of the problem.
Check Water Reservoir
If the temperature setting on the fridge is too cold, the water reservoir could be frozen. Check your owner’s manual for the exact location, as this changes from model to model. If you are able to reach the reservoir, you can use a blow dryer on low setting to melt the frozen line. Then adjust the temperature by a few degrees to ensure this does not happen again. If you cannot locate the reservoir, consider defrosting the fridge as a fix.
Check Micro Switch
Do you know that little clicking and humming sound you hear when you push back on the dispenser to dispense water? That sound comes from a microswitch. If you do not hear that clicking sound, the switch could be jammed or broken and need to be replaced.