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 issue by yourself or call New Rochelle Appliance Repair ASAP for refrigerator repair New Rochelle, New York.

There are several reasons for the water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some suggestions might sound a little strange. However, something as simple as an off switch has been the cause before. Be sure to inspect the obvious potential issues before moving forward with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to tackle this appliance repair issue and see all of the solutions we can cite for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The cause of a broken water dispenser is commonly an installation error, a filter failure or frozen water lines:

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

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

If your new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that didn’t have a water dispenser or ice maker, there is a chance that you do not have a water line running to this area. A water line is commonly run from underneath the house either in a crawl space or basement. You can buy this line at almost any home repair store and they’re pretty easy for the average homeowner to install. Typically they have include a water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you need to move the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If you have an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle must be lined up with the hose. And, is there water running through the pipe that you have used to connect the water line? Obvious and common questions, but items that have to be confirmed.

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

When the water line is hooked up, usually there’s air in the water line. So, lifting and lowering the water dispenser lever to get the air out is necessary.
Filter Problems

On some popular refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters can “expire”, clog or get frozen. All filters are dependent on your model and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it can cause slow filling or no flowing period. It’s suggested that your filter is changed every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be difficult. If you run into hiccups, go online or call us and learn the right method to change a filter.

One suggestion is to fill the water filter with water before installation. A lot of time the water filters take a long amount of time to fill, which might lead you to think the water dispenser isn’t working right. You should read the directions if all else fails. To be sure 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 problem as well in some models. If the tank freezes it will start to leak onto the fresh food bins. Small amounts of food in the fresh food bins can cause freezing.