Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

broken 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 Elizabeth Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Elizabeth, New Jersey.

There are several reasons for the water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to not work. Again, some reasons might sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as an off switch on the refrigerator has been the reason in the past. Be sure to check the obvious potential problems before proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s start to tackle this appliance repair issue and see what causes we can reference for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The reason for a broken water dispenser is typically either an installation error, a filter failure or frozen water lines:

Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just bought a new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it’s not working. The water dispenser must be connected to the home’s water line. That might be the cause of the issue.

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing an older refrigerator that did not include an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a possibility that you don’t have a functioning 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 basement or crawl space. You can acquire this type of water line at just about any hardware store and they’re pretty easy for even the average homeowner to install. Typically they have include a built-in water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you need to relocate the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

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

If you had to remove the refrigerator doors during installation it is possible the water dispenser isn’t plugged in. Check the owner’s manual to see the wire harness for the particular model of refrigerator. Ensure that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

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

On some refrigerators, there are different filters. These filters could “expire”, become clogged or freeze. All filters are based on your style and type of refrigerator. If your filter is clogged it will cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It’s suggested that your filter should be replaced every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be challenging. If you have issues, go online or call us and learn the proper process to replace a filter.

One idea is to fill the filter with water prior to installing it. Typically the water filters can need a long amount of time to fill, which could lead you to think that the water dispenser is not working right. You will want to read the owner’s manual if all else fails. To be certain it’s not air caught in the water lines, depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might be the reason for the problem as well on some refrigerators. If the tank is frozen it will leak onto the food bins. Limited food inside of the fresh food bins can cause freezing to happen.