Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

broken refrigerator water dispenser

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not working? If not, you can attempt to solve the problem by yourself or call Carrollton Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Carrollton, Texas.

There are several reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some suggestions are going to sound a bit crazy. However, something as simple as an on/off switch on the refrigerator has been the culprit in the past. Be sure to inspect the more obvious potential problems before proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s start to cover this appliance repair problem and see all of the causes we can reference for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The cause of a broken water dispenser is typically either an installation error, a filter issue or frozen water tubes:

New Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just purchased a brand new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it’s not working. The water dispenser must be hooked up to the water line. That might be the issue.

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that did not include a water dispenser or ice maker, there is a chance that you do not have a water line running to this area. A water line is commonly run from under a house either in a crawl space or basement. You can acquire this type of water line at nearly any home repair store and they are very simple for even the average homeowner to install. Usually they have come with a built-in water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you need to move the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If there’s a water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle needs to be in line with the hose. And, is there water running through the pipe you have installed to connect the water line? Obvious and questions, but items that have to be checked.

If you had to remove the refrigerator doors during installation it is possible the water dispenser might not be plugged in. Read the manual to find the wire harness for the particular model of refrigerator. Check that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

When the water line is hooked up, usually there is air in the line. So, engaging and disengaging the dispenser control on the refrigerator to get the air out is needed.
Filter Problems

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

One recommendation is to fill the water filter with water before installation. A lot of time the water filters can take a long time to fill up, which could cause you to assume that the water dispenser 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 water lines, depress the dispenser lever for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the source of the problem as well in some refrigerators. If the water tank is frozen it will begin to leak onto the food bins. Low amounts of food in the fresh food bins might cause freezing to occur.