Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

defective refrigerator water dispenser

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not working? If not, you can attempt to solve the issue on your own or call Vaughn’s Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair CITY, STATE.

There are many reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the reasons are going to sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as a power switch on the refrigerator has been the reason in the past. Be sure to inspect the more obvious potential problems prior to proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s start to cover this appliance repair issue and see what causes we can cite for a broken water dispenser.

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

Refrigerator Installation Issues

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

If your new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that did not feature an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a chance that you don’t have a water line near this area of the kitchen. A water line is commonly run from under a home either in a crawl space or basement. You can acquire this type of water line at just about any hardware store and they’re very simple for the typical homeowner to install. Usually they have come with a water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you should need to relocate the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If there is a water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle must be in line with the hose. And, is water running through the pipe you have used to connect the water line? Simple and basic questions, but things that have to be confirmed.

If you had to remove the refrigerator doors during installation it’s possible the water dispenser might not be plugged in. Read the manual to find the wire harness for that particular model of refrigerator. Be sure that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

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

On some of the models, there are different filters. These filters might “expire”, clog or freeze. All filters are based on the model and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is clogged it will cause slow filling or no flowing. It is suggested that your filter be replaced every 6 months. Replacing filters in a refrigerator can be challenging. If you have issues, go online or call us and learn the right process to change a filter.

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

A frozen water tank might also be the reason for the problem as well in some refrigerators. If the tank is frozen it will leak onto the food bins. Low amounts of food in the fresh food bins will cause freezing.