Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If not, you can attempt to solve the problem on your own or call Premiere Plantation Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Plantation, Florida.

There are several reasons for the water dispenser in a refrigerator to not work. Again, some suggestions are going to sound a bit crazy. However, something as simple as a power switch has been the culprit before. Be sure to review the more obvious potential issues before proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to tackle this appliance repair problem and see what reasons we can reference for a broken water dispenser.

The cause of a broken water dispenser is usually an installation error, a filter problem or frozen water tubes:

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just bought a new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it’s not working. The water dispenser has to be connected to the water line. That could be the issue.

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that did not have an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a chance that you do not have a water line near this area. A water line is commonly run from under a house either in a basement or crawl space. You can acquire this type of water line at almost any home repair store and they’re very easy for even the average homeowner to install. Typically they have a a built-in water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you need to relocate the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If you have a connected water line, is the valve on? The valve handle needs to be in line with the hose. And, is there water running through the pipe that you have installed to connect the water line? Simple and basic questions, but items that need to be accounted for.

If you removed the refrigerator doors during installation the water dispenser might not be plugged in. Review the owner’s manual to see the wire harness for the particular model of refrigerator. Ensure that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

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

On some refrigerators, there are different filters. These filters can “expire”, clog or become frozen. All filters are based on the model and brand of refrigerator. If your filter is clogged it will cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It is suggested that your filter is changed every 6 months. Replacing filters can be difficult. If you run into hiccups, go online or call us and find the proper method to replace a filter.

One idea is to fill the water filter with water prior to installation. A lot of time the water filters take a long amount of time to fill up, which could cause you to think that the water dispenser on the refrigerator is not working. You will want to read the owner’s manual if all else fails. To be certain it’s not air caught in the lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

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

ADDITIONAL REFRIGERATOR RESOURCES