Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

broken refrigerator water dispenser

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If so, you can attempt to repair the issue on your own or call Gray Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair Missouri.

There are a lot of reasons for a water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to not work. Again, some of the suggestions are going to sound a little strange. However, something as obvious as a power switch has been the cause in some instances. Be sure to review the more obvious potential problems before moving forward with refrigerator repair. Let’s start to cover this appliance repair problem and see all of the reasons we can cite for a broken water dispenser.

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

Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just bought a new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it is not dispensing water. The water dispenser must be connected to the water line. That might be the reason for the issue.

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that didn’t feature a water dispenser or ice maker, there’s a chance that you don’t have a water line near this area. A water line is usually run from under the home either in a crawl space or basement. You can purchase this line at almost any hardware store and they are pretty simple for even the average homeowner to install. Usually they have come with a water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you need to move the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

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

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

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

On some models, there are various filters. These filters could “expire”, become clogged or get frozen. All of the filters are based on the model and type of refrigerator. If your filter is clogged it will cause slow filling or no flowing period. It is suggested that your filter be replaced every 6 months. Changing filters can be hard sometimes. If you have issues, go online and learn the right process to change a filter.

One idea is to fill the filter with water before installing it. A lot of time the water filters need a long amount of time to fill up, which could lead you to believe that the water dispenser on the refrigerator isn’t working. You will want to read the owner’s manual if nothing is working. To ensure it’s not air caught in the water lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the cause of the problem as well on some models. If the water tank freezes it will leak onto the food bins. Low amounts of food inside of the fresh food bins might cause freezing.