Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

defective refrigerator water dispenser

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not dispensing water? If so, you can attempt to repair the problem by yourself or call Power Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Reston, Virginia.

There are many reasons for the water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some of the reasons are going to sound a little strange. However, something as simple as an off switch on the refrigerator has been the culprit before. Be sure to inspect the more obvious potential problems before proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to tackle this appliance repair problem and see all of the solutions we can reference for a broken water dispenser.

The reason for a broken water dispenser is usually either an installation problem, a filter problem or frozen water tubes:

New Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just purchased a new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it’s not dispensing water. The water dispenser must be connected to the home’s water line. That might be the issue.

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that didn’t feature an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a possibility that you do not have a water line near this area. A water line is usually run from underneath a house either in a basement or crawl space. You can get this line at nearly any home repair store and they are very easy for even the average homeowner to install. Usually they have a a built-in water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you should need to relocate the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If there is an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle must be in line with the hose. And, is water running through the pipe you have installed to connect the water line? Simple and common questions, but items that have to be checked.

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

If the water is connected, usually there’s air in it. So, lifting and lowering the dispenser lever to get the air out is needed.
Filter Problems

On some refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters could “expire”, clog or become frozen. All filters are dependent on your style and type of refrigerator. If your filter is blocked it can cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It’s recommended that your filter is replaced every 6 months. Changing filters can be hard sometimes. If you have issues, go online and learn the right process to change a filter.

One recommendation is to fill up the water filter with water before installation. Typically the water filters will need a long time to fill up, which might lead you to think the water dispenser isn’t working. You should read the manual if nothing is working. To ensure it’s not air caught in the lines, depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might be the reason for the issue as well in some refrigerators. If the water tank freezes it will begin to leak onto the fresh food bins. Limited food in the fresh food bins can cause freezing.