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 try to repair the problem on your own or call C&L Fort Lauderdale Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

There are several reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the reasons could sound a bit crazy. However, something as simple as an off switch has been the cause in some instances. Be sure to review the more obvious potential issues before moving forward with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s start to cover this appliance repair issue and see what causes we can reference for a broken water dispenser.

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

Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just installed a new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it’s broken. The water dispenser must be hooked up to the home’s water line. That might be the problem.

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that did not include an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a possibility that you do not have a functioning water line running to this area of the kitchen. Most of the time a water line is commonly run from underneath the home either in a crawl space or basement. You can get this line at nearly any home repair store and they are very simple for even the typical homeowner to install. Usually they have include a built-in water shut-off valve, which is important 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 turned on? The valve handle needs to be lined up with the hose. And, is there water running through the pipe you have used to connect the water line? Obvious and questions, but things that need to be confirmed.

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

When 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 of it is needed.
Filter Issues

On some household models, there are various filters. These filters might “expire”, clog or freeze. All filters are based on the style and type of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it might cause slow filling or no flowing period. It is recommended that your filter should be changed every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be hard sometimes. If you have issues, go online or call us and learn the proper method to replace a filter.

One recommendation is to fill up the filter with water prior to installing it. Typically the water filters will need a long amount of time to fill up, which might cause you to believe the water dispenser on the refrigerator is not working right. You should read the directions if nothing is working. To ensure it is not air trapped in the water lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

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