Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

defective refrigerator water dispenser

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not working? If so, you can try to repair the issue by yourself or call Appliance Repair Force for professional refrigerator repair in South and North Carolina.

There are many reasons for the water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some suggestions could sound a bit crazy. However, something as simple as an on/off switch on the refrigerator has been the reason before. Be sure to review the obvious potential problems before proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to tackle this appliance repair issue and see what reasons we can cite for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The reason for a water dispenser not dispensing is usually an installation error, a filter problem or frozen water tubes:

Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just installed a new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it’s not dispensing water. The water dispenser must be connected to the water line. That could be the problem.

If your new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that didn’t have a water dispenser or ice maker, there is a chance that you do not have a water line near this area of the kitchen. Most of the time a water line is commonly run from under a home either in a crawl space or basement. You can acquire this line at just about any home repair store and they’re very easy for even the average homeowner to install. Typically they have include a water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you should need to relocate the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If you have an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle must be lined up with the hose. And, is there water running through the pipe you have installed to connect the water line? Obvious and questions, but things that need to be checked.

If you removed the doors during installation it is possible the water dispenser might not be plugged in. Check the owner’s manual to see the wire harness for the particular refrigerator. Ensure that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

If the water is connected, usually there is air in the water line. So, lifting and lowering the dispenser control to get the air out of it is necessary.
Filter Problems

On some household models, there are different filters. These filters can “expire”, become clogged or freeze. All filters are based on the style and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it will cause slow filling or no flowing period. It’s recommended that your filter should be changed every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be difficult. If you run into issues, go online or call us and learn the right method to change a filter.

One recommendation is to fill the water filter with water prior to installing it. A lot of time the water filters can take a long time to fill up, which could lead you to think the water dispenser isn’t working. You should read the owner’s manual if all else fails. To be sure it’s not air caught in the water lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser lever for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the cause of the problem as well on some refrigerators. If the tank freezes it will begin to leak onto the fresh food bins. Small amounts of food inside of the fresh food bins might cause freezing to happen.