Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If not, you can attempt to repair the issue on your own or call Avondale Appliance Repair Experts for refrigerator repair Avondale, Arizona.

There are many reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the reasons might sound a little strange. However, something as simple as an on/off switch on the refrigerator has been the cause in some instances. Be sure to check the more obvious potential problems before proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover 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 dispensing is usually an installation issue, a filter problem or frozen water lines:

Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just installed a brand new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it is broken. The water dispenser has to be hooked up to the home’s water line. That might be the problem.

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that did not include an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a chance that you don’t have a functioning water line running to this area of the kitchen. A water line is typically run from under the home either in a basement or crawl space. You can purchase this line at nearly any home repair store and they’re very simple for even the typical homeowner to install. Usually they have come with a water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you ever need to move the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If there is an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle should be in line with the hose. And, is there water going through the pipe that you have used to connect the water line? Obvious and basic questions, but things that have to be accounted for.

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

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

On some of the popular refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters might “expire”, become clogged or freeze. All filters are based on your model and type of refrigerator. If the filter is clogged it might cause slow filling or no flowing period. It is recommended that your filter is replaced every 6 months. Replacing filters can be hard sometimes. If you run into problems, go online and learn the right method to replace a filter.

One suggestion is to fill up the filter with water before installing it. A lot of time the water filters need a long time to fill, which might lead you to believe that the water dispenser is not working right. You will want to read the owner’s manual if nothing is working. To be sure it is not air caught in the water lines, depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might also be the source of the issue as well in some refrigerators. If the tank is frozen it will leak onto the fresh food bins. Limited food inside of the fresh food bins can cause freezing to occur.

ADDITIONAL REFRIGERATOR RESOURCES