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Mark Dennis Posted on Jul 03, 2007
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Kitchenaid Refrigerator Water Dispenser

No water comes out of the dispenser when the lever is pushed. It does make a noise when pushed.

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Bad solenoid assembly

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KitchenAid French door refrigerator. How do I repair a non-working water Dispenser on it please?

Troubleshoot step by step and if that fails, resort to a professional:

Check the Basics:
Make sure the refrigerator is plugged in and receiving power.
Verify that the water supply to the refrigerator is turned on.

Inspect the Dispenser Actuator:
The dispenser actuator is the component that activates the switch to send voltage to the dispenser.
Check if the dispenser actuator is damaged. If so, replace it with a new one. I list a procedure for testing this actuator at the end of these basic steps.

Frozen Water Tube:
Disconnect the water supply tube at the bottom of the door.
Blow air through it. If air doesn't pass through, the water supply tube may be frozen.
Thaw it out and ensure the freezer is set to the proper temperature (0-10°F) to prevent future freezing.

Water Inlet Valve:
The water inlet valve opens to supply water to the dispenser.
Ensure the water pressure to the valve is at least 20 psi.
Use a multimeter to test the water inlet valve for continuity. If it lacks continuity, replace it.

Check Water Filter:
Remove the water filter and dispense water. If flow increases, the filter may be clogged or incorrectly installed.
Replace the water filter if needed.

Verify Water Supply Valve:
Ensure the water supply valve (connected to the refrigerator) is fully open.
If disconnected during service, it might not have been turned back on fully.

And now, the testing of the actuator.

To determine whether the dispenser actuator in your KitchenAid refrigerator is damaged, follow these steps:

Visual Inspection:
Look closely at the dispenser actuator. Check for any visible signs of damage, such as cracks, chips, or breakage.
If you notice any physical damage, it's likely that the actuator needs replacement.

Functional Test:
Press the dispenser lever or button as you normally would to dispense water.
Observe the response: Does the actuator move smoothly and engage the switch behind it?
If the actuator feels stiff, loose, or doesn't move at all, it may be damaged.

Listen for Clicking:
When you press the dispenser lever, listen for a clicking sound.
The actuator should make a distinct click as it activates the switch.
If there's no click or an unusual noise, it could indicate a damaged actuator.

Multimeter Test (Advanced):
If you have a multimeter, you can perform a continuity test on the actuator.
Disconnect the refrigerator from power.
Remove the actuator cover (if applicable) to access the actuator.
Set the multimeter to the continuity (ohms) setting.
Touch the multimeter probes to the actuator terminals.
If there's no continuity (infinite resistance), the actuator is likely faulty.

Remember to exercise caution when working with electrical components. If you're unsure or uncomfortable performing these checks, consider seeking professional repair assistance.

Remember to consult your Owner's Manual for specific instructions related to your model. Much of this information comes from the RepairClinic site.

Water dispenser leaks

Refrigerator Water Dispenser Leaks?
Refrigerator Water Dispenser Leaks show that the refrigerator's water system has a problem. To fix this problem, open the filter compartment and pull out the filter and push it back in so that it is secure in place. Push compartment cover until it clicks.

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There is no water coming out of the water dispenser. I changed the filter and check the water line coming from the pipe, there is water coming thru the water line. when I push the water dispenser lever I...

Well, there is no "motor" for the water dispenser, only a solenoid valve. However, there could still be a problem with the solenoid even if you do hear it when its energized. Hearing it make a noise does not mean its working properly.

Water Dispenser not working

Your water line could be frozen in the door. You can disconnect the line under the unit before it goes into the door at the bottom hinge. Push the dispenser button and see if it comes out there. If it does leave the door open till it thaws
disconnect the line to the water dispenser at the water inlet valve on the back where the water supply comes in and try the dispenser. if you hear the valve work but water doesn't come out, the valve is bad. If you don't hear the valve, the dispenser switch is bad.


Delay in water dispenser

If you get us a Model # it would help FIXYA Folks help with some suggestions.
Should be Inside the refrigerator, on the left wall. silver sticker. Thanks

Water dispenser lever (where you push the cup in) has popped out

I made the repairs by the seat of my pants and --yes, it's all fixed now. It sure would've been easier if I could've removed the face plate to the control panel to get access to the problem underneath. I hope I solved your other user's problem with the water dispenser.


Water dispenser does not work

The lines are likely clogged and will need to be removed and cleaned. Otherwise, although the pump starts, the valve may be clogged or non-functional.


Water dispenses without pushing lever

There is a solinoid valve that opens when you push the switch in. It has apparently failed and is leaking. Sometimes taking it apart and cleaning it will fix the problem.

Water/Ice Dispenser Mixed Up

Do you have separate levers for Ice and water, or do you have one lever and then you slide a switch to either one and then push the one lever.
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