Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

broken refrigerator water dispenser

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If not, you can try to repair the problem by yourself or call World Class Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Rancho Cucamonga, California.

There are a lot of reasons for the water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some reasons could sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as an off switch has been the reason in the past. Be sure to review the obvious potential problems prior to moving forward with complicated 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 cause of a water dispenser not working is usually either an installation issue, a filter failure or frozen water lines:

New Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just purchased a new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it is not dispensing water. The water dispenser must be connected to the water line. That could be the reason for the issue.

If your new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that didn’t feature an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a chance that you don’t have a functioning water line running to this area of the kitchen. Most of the time a water line is commonly run from under the home either in a crawl space or basement. You can acquire this type of water line at just about any home repair store and they’re very easy for the average homeowner to install. Typically they have include 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 a water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle needs to be in line with the hose. And, is water running through the pipe you have used to connect the water line? Simple and questions, but items that need to be checked.

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

When the water line is hooked up, most of the time there is air in it. So, engaging and disengaging the water dispenser control on the refrigerator to get the air out of it is needed.
Filter Issues

On some popular models, there are different filters. These filters could “expire”, become clogged or freeze. All filters are dependent on the model and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it might cause slow filling or no flowing period. It’s recommended that your filter be replaced every 6 months. Changing filters can be challenging. If you have hiccups, go online or call us and learn the right process to replace a filter.

One suggestion is to fill up the water filter with water prior to installation. Typically the water filters can need a long amount of time to fill, which could lead you to believe that the water dispenser on the refrigerator is not working. You will want to read the manual if nothing is working. To be certain it’s not air caught in the lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser lever for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the reason for the problem as well on some refrigerators. If the tank freezes it will begin to leak onto the fresh food bins. Minimal food inside of the fresh food bins will cause freezing to occur.