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Apr 12, 2021 - 8:46:20 AM
374 posts since 4/11/2019

Because some of you are pretty handy!

I've got a 2016 GE side by side with water in the door. It makes ice just fine, but the water dispenser only sort of works. When you press it, the water comes out fine for about half a glass, then makes a whirring noise and slows to a trickle. I've replaced the filter and tried raising the temperatures slightly just in case the line is frozen. Short of completely emptying out the fridge and shutting it down for a few hours I don't know what else to try. Is there really a pump in there that boosts the water pressure??

I got in real trouble with my wife when she complained and I pointed out that the "glass is half full" and blamed it on her outlook on life in general.

Apr 12, 2021 - 10:25:29 AM

3369 posts since 4/22/2018

Does the fridge have an integral reservoir for the water? It sounds like the whirring could be a pump? My fridge water is direct mains pressure so if the water supply is off, if you push the dispenser there is no sound at all.

Apr 12, 2021 - 10:30:02 AM

374 posts since 4/11/2019

It could be, I don't know if there is one in there or not.

Always helps to check with the, hemmm, "experts" here.

Apr 12, 2021 - 12:37:56 PM

40 posts since 1/17/2019

I go to They have forums and you can call their toll free number, explain your issue and they can steer you in the right direction. Been very helpful to me. Have your model number handy. Good luck

As an unhelpful side note. We avoid “in door” dispensers when buying a fridge because they are problem prone.

Apr 13, 2021 - 5:38:23 AM

6637 posts since 9/5/2006

probably one of 2 things ,,either the water is trying to freeze up in the door or most likely the water inlet valve,,some of them have screens in them that can clog or its getting hot and trying to seize up when operated... check your water pressure feeding the valve in the back first.

Apr 13, 2021 - 6:38:58 AM

3369 posts since 4/22/2018

it's the whirring noise that's thrown me. i wouldn't have expected any noise if it was supply mains pressure fed - the noise suggests a pump . if it is mains pressure fed then either a restriction in a pipe or valve or an ice blockage would also be my suggestions.

Coincidentally, my fridge is producing water but no ice!! When I was looking for possible solutions, I saw something that may help you out. It was a large syringe with a tube attached that had the same OD as the ID of the fridge water pipes. You filled the syringe with hot water and effectively give the water pipe an enema - it was called the fridge buddy I think....10 dollars for one of those may be less of a pain then defrosting the fridge.

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