I have a Whirlpool frig and the water dispenser in the door has stopped working. At times it will work so the line in not clogged. At times, when you press the cup handle in you can hear the motor kick and then water will come out. At other times, you press the handle in there is no sound and no water comes out. Is there a switch failing or something else? The ice dispenser is working the whole time. Ideas?
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Re: water dispenser not working all the time
I think you are correct that its the switch that the push bar hits is faulty. Try a serch on line for applince parts and enter you make etc. This should provide a break down of the part and a idea what is needed to take apart/off to get to it.
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Some of these ge frig have a problem with water freezing inside the door and so the water dispenser wont work. only way to be sure it to turn off your frig for about a week and leave the doors open. plug in then try the water dispenser. if this is the problem call g.e. you will need a special kit to solve this problem. it dispenser still doesn't work replace water valve!!!
there are a few things to check real quick
does your ice still work
does your ice make still work
when was the last time you changed the filter
when you do call for water can you hear the water solonoid
'After about ten months, the water dispenser stopped. I found a 5/16" coupling below the freezer door. Following the instructions on a tab attached to the hose, I separated the hose from the coupling. I then actuated the water cradle. Water gushed out of the tubing. The dispenser side of the dual water valve is ok. I snaked a wire into the hose toward the dispenser until it stopped. I withdrew the wire then measured the length. The hose had a blockage at the lower left edge of the dispenser opening. I didn't know if there was a check valve in the hose. Since it was still in warranty (2 months to go), I called service. I didn't say anything about what I did to the tech. He concluded that the hose was frozen (there is no check valve or anything else in the line between the coupling and the dispenser). According to him my options were to replace the door (he actually said that) or shut down the frig and let it defrost. I fabricated a double layer cardboard cover for the freezer compartment. I removed the light bulb then covered the opening. In about 60 minutes the dispenser started working again. I have had the frig since 12/03. It just froze up for the sixth time today (3/20/07). GE has offered no help or acknowledging that the frig has an insulation problem.'
If there are ice cubes setting in the icemake waiting to be dumped then the icemaker is bad. If the icemake is dry then the water valve is bad. You have one water valve with two solenoids. One works water in the door and the other sends water to the icemaker.
I need to know the make and model # to more accurately help you. First and foremost, you will need to thaw your holding tank with a steamer...do NOT use heat gun or hair dryers. The problem could be one of several but I would start by checking the solenoid that supplies the dispenser to see if it is burned out. It is usually located in the back lower part of frig where the water inlet line hooks to. There are usually 2 solenoids.... the ice maker and the dispenser. Unplug the frig before testing these. The resistance across the ice maker and dispenser are usually the same. If the dispenser solenoid is "open" on the ohm meter then the whole water supply valve needs replaced. Another problem with some units where the dispenser is on the FREEZER side...the lines behind the door will freeze. I've seen this with LG's and GE's. They make a special heater modification for units notorious for this latter problem.
check to make sure there is water or ice in your ice maker tray. If none then problem is usually a water supply issue to the ice maker. Behind the frig are the water supply inlet valves. One is for the water dispenser in the door. THe other is for the ice maker. However when one goes bad they both are replaced as one unit. Also Check position of fingers in ice maker. If not in a vertical position
then try to reset the ice maker unit and worse comes to worse, replace
it with a new one.
This could be a bad water valve in the frig. This frig has a double water valves. One for the ice maker and one for the water dispenser. It should be in the lower back. Where the water line goes in. You can check this valve easily. Find the double water valve on the frig. Turn off water supply to frig first. Swap the plastic water lines going from the water valve into the frig. Turn water supply on. Then see if the water dispenser works. Sometimes you will have to operate the water dispenser for a little while to get the air out of the line. If it works now then the problem is in the water valve solenoid and needs to be replaced.