Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

defective refrigerator water dispenser

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not dispensing water? If so, you can attempt to repair the issue on your own or call Elite Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair East Orange, New Jersey.

There are several reasons for the water dispenser in a refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some reasons could sound a bit crazy. However, something as simple as an off switch has been the reason in the past. Be sure to review the more obvious potential problems before moving forward with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover this appliance repair problem and see all of the causes we can reference for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The cause of a water dispenser not dispensing is typically an installation problem, 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 must be connected to the water line. That might be the cause of the problem.

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that didn’t have a water dispenser or ice maker, there’s a possibility that you don’t have a functioning water line running to this area. A water line is typically run from under a house either in a crawl space or basement. You can purchase this type of water line at almost any hardware store and they are pretty easy for even the average homeowner to install. Typically they have come with a water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you ever need to relocate the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

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

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

If the water line is connected, usually there is air in the line. So, engaging and disengaging the dispenser control on the refrigerator to get the air out of it is necessary.
Filter Problems

On some of the refrigerators, there are different filters. These filters can “expire”, clog or get frozen. All filters are dependent on the style and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is clogged it will cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It is recommended that your filter be replaced every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be difficult. If you have problems, go online and learn the right method to change a filter.

One recommendation is to fill the water filter with water before installation. Typically the water filters can take a long amount of time to fill, which could lead you to assume the water dispenser isn’t working. You will want to read the owner’s manual if all else fails. To ensure it’s not air caught in the lines, depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

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