Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

defective refrigerator water dispenser

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If so, you can try to solve the problem on your own or call Dawson’s Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair CITY, STATE.

There are a lot of reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the suggestions could sound a little strange. However, something as obvious as an on/off switch on the refrigerator has been the culprit before. Be sure to check the more obvious potential problems before proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s start to cover this appliance repair problem and see all of the solutions we can cite for a broken water dispenser.

The reason for a water dispenser not working is usually either an installation issue, a filter issue or frozen water lines:

New Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just purchased a new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it’s not dispensing water. The water dispenser has to be hooked up to the home’s water line. That could be the reason for the problem.

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that didn’t include an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a chance that you don’t have a water line running to this area of the kitchen. Most of the time a water line is usually run from under the home either in a crawl space or basement. You can purchase this line at just about any hardware store and they’re very easy for even the typical homeowner to install. Typically they have a a built-in water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you ever need to relocate the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If there is an attached water line, is the valve on? The valve handle needs to be in line with the hose. And, is water going through the pipe that you have used to connect the water line? Simple and questions, but things that need to be accounted for.

If you had to remove the doors during installation the water dispenser may not be plugged in. Review the manual to find the wire harness for the particular model of refrigerator. Be sure that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

When the water is connected, most of the time there is air in it. So, lifting and lowering the dispenser control on the refrigerator to get the air out of it is needed.
Filter Issues

On some refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters could “expire”, clog or freeze. All filters are dependent on your style and type of refrigerator. If the filter is clogged it can cause slow filling or no flowing period. It’s suggested that your filter is changed every 6 months. Replacing filters can be challenging. If you run into issues, go online or call us and find the proper method to replace a filter.

One suggestion is to fill the filter with water before installing it. Typically the water filters can take a long amount of time to fill, which might lead you to assume the water dispenser on the refrigerator is not working. You will want to read the directions if all else fails. To be certain it is not air caught in the water lines, depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

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