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 by yourself or call Durham Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Durham, North Carolina.

There are a lot of reasons for a water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the reasons might sound a little strange. However, something as obvious as an on/off switch on the refrigerator has been the cause 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 issue and see what causes we can reference for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

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

Refrigerator Installation Problems

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 home’s water line. That could be the reason for the problem.

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that didn’t feature an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a chance that you don’t have a functioning water line running to this area. A water line is typically run from underneath the house either in a basement or crawl space. You can buy this type of water line at just about any hardware store and they are very simple for even the typical homeowner to install. Typically they have include a built-in water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you should need to move the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If there is a connected water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle should be lined up with the hose. And, is there water running through the pipe you have installed to connect the water line? Simple and basic questions, but items that have to be checked.

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

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

On some of the popular refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters can “expire”, clog or freeze. All filters are dependent on your style and type of refrigerator. If your filter is clogged it will cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It’s recommended that your filter is changed every 6 months. Replacing filters in a refrigerator can be challenging. If you have issues, go online and find the right process to replace a filter.

One idea is to fill the filter with water before installation. Typically the water filters can need a long time to fill, which might lead you to assume that the water dispenser on the refrigerator is not working. You will want to read the directions if all else fails. To ensure it’s not air trapped in the lines, depress the dispenser lever for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might also be the source of the problem as well on some models. If the water tank is frozen it will leak onto the food bins. Minimal food inside of the fresh food bins can cause freezing.