Why is my water dispenser slow? Quick fixes for your water dispenser

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Is your refrigerator dispensing slow or even no water at all?  We have some quick tips to help you determine where the problem is located, and how you can troubleshoot it.

Things to check:

First, it is possible that if your refrigerator has just been recently installed in your home, the water reservoir may need to be filled to it’s full capacity.  To do this, press the water dispenser down for approximately three minutes to fill the water reservoir.

If your refrigerator is only recently starting to have water dispensing problems, check to make sure there are no issues with the water valve (usually a saddle valve) in the wall and that it is completely open to allow a full flow of water into your refrigerator.

It is also possible that the water line behind the refrigerator is bent, kinked or has been frozen inside your fridge, which could cause a blockage in the flow of water

Another issue may be that you have a clogged water filter, which would be the cause of slow to no water coming out of the dispenser.  Water filters need to be changed approximately every six months, so if you feel that it has been six months or longer since you last changed your filter, a quick change could be the solution to your problem.

If you hear a humming or clicking noise and no water is coming from the dispenser when in use, it is possible that the switch in your dispenser is to blame.  Check your manufacturer installation instructions to see if you are able to troubleshoot the valve or switches in the dispenser.

If you are unsure if your water dispenser is slow, the average dispenser takes about eight seconds to fill an eight ounce glass of water.


Warning: When troubleshooting a water dispenser issue with your refrigerator, disconnect power and turn off the water supply for safety reasons.

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4 thoughts on “Why is my water dispenser slow? Quick fixes for your water dispenser

    • Hello John,

      Thank you for commenting! It could be a few things, but if it has been this way from the start I wonder if there is a water pressure problem throughout your whole house? If so, I would have your piping checked out. There could be an underlying issue there. If it’s just your refrigerator, make sure the hoses are all connected properly and nothing is inside of them. Make sure you are also changing your water filter. If you have a whole house water filter, that could also have an impact on water pressure.

      We hope these tips were helpful!

  1. ParishDigs.com

    Once I installed a new filter it began to run slow, coming to a stop on occasions. I assumed it was the filter, went purchased Samsung filter and it continues to run slow. When I remove the fitler it runs at full speed. What do you think may be the cause.

  2. Robin L Watson

    our is two days old and it takes a day to make 14 ice cubes. It takes ten minutes to get 8 ounces of water. The water pressure in our house is the same good pressure as it always was. For as much money as we spent on this SAMSUNG french door refrigerator at all. We paid more to get the water and ice on the door. My last one dumped ice every hour unless we turned it off which we had to to prevent overflowing. We heard the water refilling the ice cube tray. we have stayed there holding a cup hoping the water would start coming through faster but after over an hour there is no difference. I wish i had my old one. It may have frozen milk and produce but at least the water and Ice were never a problem. Please tell me you have some suggestion, I just think Samsung will not have a solution as i see many complaints about this same issue for many different brands.

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