Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

broken refrigerator water dispenser

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not dispensing water? If not, you can try to solve the problem by yourself or call Sterling Heights Appliance Repair HQ for refrigerator repair Sterling Heights, Michigan.

There are many reasons for a water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to stop working. Again, some reasons might sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as an on/off switch on the refrigerator has been the reason before. Be sure to review the more obvious potential issues before moving forward 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 reason for a water dispenser not working is typically an installation issue, a filter issue or frozen water lines:

Refrigerator Installation Problems

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

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that did not 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 usually run from under the 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 simple 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 shut off the water.

If there’s a water line, is the valve on? The valve handle should be in line with the hose. And, is there water running through the pipe that you have used to connect the water line? Simple and basic questions, but things that have to be confirmed.

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

If the water is hooked up, most of the time there is air in it. So, engaging and disengaging the dispenser lever to get the air out of it is needed.
Filter Issues

On some refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters could “expire”, clog or freeze. All of the filters are based on your model and type of refrigerator. If your filter is clogged it can cause slow filling or no flowing period. It is recommended that your filter is changed every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be challenging. If you have hiccups, go online and learn the proper method to replace a filter.

One recommendation is to fill the water 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 the water dispenser isn’t working. You should read the owner’s manual if nothing is working. To ensure it is not air trapped in the lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser lever for around 5 minutes.

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