Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not working? If so, you can attempt to solve the issue on your own or call Like-New Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Cincinnati, Ohio.

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 bit crazy. However, something as simple as an on/off switch has been the culprit in some instances. Be sure to check the more obvious potential problems prior to moving forward with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover this appliance repair issue and see all of the causes we can reference for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The cause of a broken water dispenser is commonly either an installation issue, 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 connected to the water line. That might be the cause of the problem.

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that did not have an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a chance that you do not have a water line near this area. Most of the time a water line is usually run from underneath a home either in a basement or crawl space. You can buy this line at just about any hardware store and they are very 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 should need to move the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If there’s an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle needs to be in line with the hose. And, is there water running through the pipe that you have installed to connect the water line? Obvious and common questions, but items that need to be accounted for.

If you had to remove the refrigerator doors during installation it is possible the water dispenser might not be plugged in. Review the manual to see the wire harness for that particular model of refrigerator. Ensure that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

When the water line is connected, most of the time there is air in it. So, engaging and disengaging the water dispenser control to get the air out is needed.
Filter Issues

On some of the household refrigerators, there are different filters. These filters could “expire”, clog or get frozen. All of the filters are dependent on your model and brand of refrigerator. If your filter is blocked it will cause slow filling or no flowing period. It’s suggested that your filter should be changed every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be hard sometimes. If you run into issues, go online and find the right method to change a filter.

One idea is to fill the filter with water before installing it. A lot of time the water filters will take a long amount of time to fill up, which could lead you to assume that the water dispenser on the refrigerator isn’t working right. You will want to 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 reason for the issue as well in some models. If the tank freezes it will start to leak onto the fresh food bins. Minimal food inside of the fresh food bins could cause freezing.

ADDITIONAL REFRIGERATOR RESOURCES