Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not dispensing water? If not, you can try to repair the problem on your own or call All-Tech Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair.

There are many reasons for the water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the suggestions could sound a bit crazy. However, something as simple as a power switch on the refrigerator has been the culprit in the past. Be sure to inspect the obvious potential problems before moving forward with refrigerator repair. Let’s start to cover this appliance repair problem and see what reasons we can come up with for a broken water dispenser.

The cause of a broken water dispenser is typically an installation problem, a filter failure or frozen water lines:

Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just bought a new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it’s not working. The water dispenser must be hooked up to the home’s water line. That could be the problem.

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that did not have an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a chance that you don’t have a functioning water line near this area. Most of the time a water line is commonly run from underneath the house either in a basement or crawl space. You can acquire this type of water line at almost any home repair store and they are pretty easy for the average homeowner to install. Usually they have include a water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you should need to move the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If you have an attached water line, is the valve on? The valve handle should be lined up with the hose. And, is water going through the pipe you have used to connect the water line? Simple and questions, but things that have to be checked.

If you removed the doors during installation it is possible the water dispenser isn’t plugged in. Read the manual to see the wire harness for that particular model of refrigerator. Be sure that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

Once the water is connected, most of the time there is air in it. So, engaging and disengaging the dispenser lever on the refrigerator to get the air out of it is needed.
Filter Problems

On some popular refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters could “expire”, clog or freeze. All filters are dependent on the style and type of refrigerator. If your filter is clogged it might cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It’s suggested that your filter be replaced every 6 months. Changing filters can be difficult. If you have hiccups, go online and find the right method to change a filter.

One suggestion is to fill up the filter with water prior to installation. A lot of time the water filters will need a long amount of time to fill, which might lead you to think the water dispenser on the refrigerator isn’t working right. You will want to read the directions if all else fails. To be certain it is not air caught in the lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser lever for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might be the cause of the issue as well on some refrigerators. If the tank is frozen it will leak onto the fresh food bins. Limited food inside of the fresh food bins could cause freezing.

ADDITIONAL REFRIGERATOR RESOURCES