Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

defective refrigerator water dispenser

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not working? If so, you can attempt to solve the issue on your own or call Federal Way Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Federal Way, Washington.

There are many reasons for the water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the suggestions are going to sound a bit crazy. However, something as simple as a power switch has been the reason in some instances. Be sure to check the obvious potential problems prior to moving forward with refrigerator repair. Let’s start to cover this appliance repair issue and see what solutions we can come up with for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The reason for a broken water dispenser is commonly 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 broken. The water dispenser has to be connected to the water line. That might be the cause of the problem.

If the new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that did not include an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a chance that you do not have a functioning water line near this area. A water line is typically run from underneath the home either in a basement or crawl space. You can buy this type of water line at just about any home repair store and they’re pretty simple for even the average homeowner to install. Typically they have a a water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you 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 needs to be lined up with the hose. And, is there water running through the pipe you have installed to connect the water line? Simple and common questions, but items that need to be accounted for.

If you had to remove the doors during installation it is possible the water dispenser might not be plugged in. Check the 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, usually there is air in it. So, lifting and lowering the dispenser control to get the air out of it is needed.
Filter Issues

On some of the popular refrigerators, there are different filters. These filters could “expire”, clog or freeze. All of the filters are based on your style and type of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it can cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It’s recommended that your filter is replaced every 6 months. Replacing filters can be hard sometimes. If you run into hiccups, go online or call us and find the proper method to change a filter.

One idea is to fill the water filter with water prior to installation. A lot of time the water filters will take a long time to fill up, which might lead you to assume that the water dispenser isn’t working right. You will want to read the directions if nothing is working. To be certain it’s not air caught in the lines, depress the dispenser arm for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might be the cause of the issue as well on some models. If the water tank is frozen it will leak onto the fresh food bins. Low amounts of food in the fresh food bins will cause freezing.