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GE Refrigerator Major Issues

GE Refrigerator Water Dispenser Troubles

If there is no water coming from the dispenser on your refrigerator or if it dispenses slowly, there are a number of things that you can check. Start by checking the following things to see if it is something you can fix yourself or if the refrigerator requires service.

New Installation:

  • Verify that the water line to the refrigerator is turned on. A saddle valve is often used to connect the water supply line coming from the house plumbing to the refrigerator and the valve must be fully open for the refrigerator to receive water.
  • Make sure the refrigerator dispenser cradle has been held down for 2 to 3 minutes to allow the water reservoir to fill completely. Once water is dispensed, you can purge air from the water lines and water inlet valve by dispensing water for 5 minutes or in the amount of 2 gallons.
    • This does not apply to Top Freezer refrigerator models with a water dispenser because there is no water reservoir.
  • If the doors were removed during installation, be sure that the door wiring harness is plugged in. Refer to your Owner’s Manual/Installation Instructions for the specific location of the door wiring harness.

Filter Issues:

To confirm if a filter is clogged, please remove the filter and install the supplied filter bypass plug in its place. Try using the dispenser and if the water flow improves from the dispenser, the filter is clogged and needs to be replaced.

Air may be trapped in the water system after replacing the filter. Press the dispenser cradle for at least 5 minutes to purge any air from the water lines.

Frozen Water Tank:

  • Check the water tank located behind the vegetable bins for signs of freezing or cracks. Please note that this information does not apply to Top Freezer refrigerators, as they do not have a water reservoir tank. Typically, you cannot visually confirm the water level in the tank; however, if it freezes, it often results in splitting or cracking, leading to water leakage onto the fresh food compartment floor.
  • Insufficient food load in the fresh food section can contribute to the tank freezing.
  • Improper food arrangement can disrupt cold air circulation. For guidelines on proper food loading, please refer to our instructional video.
  • In some cases, excessively cold settings may be chosen. To address this, adjust the refrigerator control to a warmer temperature setting and allow 24 hours for the changes to take effect.
  • If your refrigerator model is equipped with a meat/deli pan lever, it may be set to the coldest position. On units with low water usage, this can lead to freezing of the water tank. To prevent this, adjust the lever on the meat/deli pan to the cold setting, rather than the coldest, or consider using more water from the dispenser on the door.

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