Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

broken refrigerator water dispenser

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If not, you can attempt to repair the problem on your own or call ASAP Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Simi Valley, California.

There are a lot of reasons for a water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to stop working. Again, some reasons could sound a bit crazy. However, something as simple as an off switch has been the reason in some instances. Be sure to check the obvious potential issues prior to moving forward with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to tackle this appliance repair issue and see all of the solutions we can come up with for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

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

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just bought a new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it is broken. The water dispenser must be connected to the water line. That could be the problem.

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that did not have a water dispenser or ice maker, there’s a chance that you don’t have a functioning water line running to this area of the kitchen. A water line is typically run from under a home either in a basement or crawl space. You can buy this type of water line at just about any home repair store and they’re very simple 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 a 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 basic questions, but things that have to be checked.

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

Once the water is connected, usually there’s air in it. So, lifting and lowering the water dispenser control to get the air out is necessary.
Filter Issues

On some of the popular models, there are different filters. These filters can “expire”, become clogged or get frozen. All of the filters are dependent on your style and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is clogged it might cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It’s suggested that your filter is replaced every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be challenging. If you have problems, go online or call us and find the proper process to change a filter.

One idea is to fill the water filter with water before installing it. A lot of time the water filters can need a long amount of time to fill, which could cause you to think the water dispenser on the refrigerator isn’t working right. You should read the directions if all else fails. To be certain it is not air trapped in the lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser lever for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the reason for the problem as well in some refrigerators. If the tank freezes it will leak onto the food bins. Low amounts of food inside of the fresh food bins will cause freezing.