Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Why...

does the water dispenser on my fridge stop working when it hits the negative temperatures? It's on an interior wall and dispenses only cold water and ice. It starts working again when the temperatures rise. Any ideas?

10 comments:

modernemama said...

Mine stops when it gets too hot, usually when we are just about to have a party. It's a huge heap of sulking laziness!

Barb said...

Is there a backflow valve on the hose? You water may be siphoning back.
Much L Ant Barb

Fred @ One Project Closer said...

Sounds like its frozen somewhere. i would check to see if it appears to be frozen inside or outside of the freezer. Is it possible that since you keep your house a little cooler in the winter its tipping this particular area of the pipe under 32 degrees? (I'm thinking maybe inside the freezer or nearby gets colder in the Winter). Beyond that, no clue.

Robj98168 said...

Either the line is getting froze or You have a filter that needs changing. Just my guess!

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Hope your ice maker heals itself soon!

Christopher Busta-Peck said...

This is a really long shot guess, but here goes:

This depends, of course, on the manner in which it stops working - that is, does it not function at all, or does it make watery ice? It also assumes that your heating system is either hot water or steam. Perhaps, when it gets too cold, your heading system is running more. The heating pipes are possibly adjacent to the cold water pipes. When it gets too cold, the heating system is running more, so the cold water pipes are no longer so cold, and cannot freeze readily to make ice.

Jenni said...

Hummmm I just did not know so I thought I would read the comments and let you know I dropped by checking on you. Good luck with the new job.

marie elaine said...

the pipe that feeds into my refrig. is in the basement where it is cooler than the rest of the house. use regular hardware foam pipe cover to keep the pipe from freezing up.

Karen Anne said...

When it's really cold out, the cold water faucet in my kitchen produces hot water when it's first turned on. I think that's because the water line comes in from the garage and is very close underground and in the basement with the line containing the hot water that circulates thru the baseboards.

n54th said...

I don't know, but our microwave freaks out and stops working when it's 53 degrees in the house. Yep, 53 exactly.