Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

broken refrigerator water dispenser

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not working? If so, you can try to solve the issue on your own or call Done-Right Davie Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair Florida.

There are many reasons for a water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to stop working. Again, some reasons might sound a little strange. However, something as obvious as an off switch on the refrigerator has been the reason in some instances. Be sure to inspect the obvious potential issues prior to proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover this appliance repair issue and see what causes we can reference for a broken water dispenser.

The reason for a broken water dispenser is typically an installation issue, a filter problem or frozen water tubes:

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

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

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that did not feature an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a chance that you don’t have a functioning water line near this area of the kitchen. A water line is commonly 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 are very easy for even the typical homeowner to install. Usually they have come with a water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you need to move the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

If you have an attached water line, is the valve on? The valve handle must be lined up with the hose. And, is water going through the pipe that you have used to connect the water line? Obvious and basic questions, but items that need to be accounted for.

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

Once the water line is hooked up, usually there’s air in the line. So, lifting and lowering the dispenser control to get the air out is needed.
Filter Issues

On some popular models, there are various filters. These filters might “expire”, clog or become frozen. All of the filters are based on your model and brand of refrigerator. If your filter is clogged it can cause slow filling or no flowing. It is recommended that your filter be replaced every 6 months. Replacing filters in a refrigerator can be hard sometimes. If you have problems, go online and find the right process to replace a filter.

One suggestion is to fill up the filter with water before installing it. A lot of time the water filters will take a long amount of time to fill up, which could lead you to assume the water dispenser is not working. You should read the owner’s manual if nothing is working. To be sure it’s not air trapped in the water lines, depress the dispenser lever for about 5 minutes.

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