Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

broken refrigerator water dispenser

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not working? If not, you can try to solve the issue by yourself or call Waukegan Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Waukegan, Illinois.

There are a lot of reasons for the water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the suggestions are going to sound a little strange. However, something as simple as a power switch has been the culprit in some instances. Be sure to check the obvious potential problems before moving forward with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover this appliance repair problem and see all of the solutions we can come up with for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The cause of a broken water dispenser is usually an installation issue, a filter failure or frozen water lines:

Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just installed a new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it’s not dispensing water. The water dispenser has to be hooked up to the home’s water line. That might be the reason for the problem.

If your new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that did not feature an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a chance that you do not have a water line near this area of the kitchen. A water line is usually run from under the home either in a crawl space or basement. You can acquire this line at just about any hardware store and they are pretty simple 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 water running through the pipe you have used to connect the water line? Simple and common questions, but items that need to be accounted for.

If you removed the doors during installation it is possible the water dispenser is not plugged in. Review the manual to see the wire harness for that particular model of refrigerator. Be sure that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

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

On some of the household refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters can “expire”, become clogged or freeze. All of the filters are dependent on your model and type of refrigerator. If your filter is blocked it will cause slow filling or no flowing. It’s suggested that your filter be replaced every 6 months. Replacing filters in a refrigerator can be challenging. If you have issues, go online and learn the proper method to change a filter.

One suggestion is to fill up the filter with water prior to installing it. A lot of time the water filters take a long time to fill up, which might lead you to assume the water dispenser is not working right. You will want to read the directions if nothing is working. To be certain it is not air caught in the water lines, depress the dispenser lever for around 5 minutes.

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