Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

broken refrigerator water dispenser

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not dispensing water? If so, you can try to solve the issue on your own or call Boulder Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Boulder, Colorado.

There are a lot of reasons for a water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to not work. Again, some suggestions could sound a little strange. However, something as obvious as a power switch has been the cause in some instances. Be sure to check the more obvious potential issues prior to moving forward with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s start to cover this appliance repair issue and see what causes we can cite for a broken water dispenser.

The reason for a water dispenser not working is commonly either an installation issue, a filter problem or frozen water lines:

New Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just purchased a new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it’s not working. The water dispenser must be hooked up to the home’s water line. That could be the cause of the issue.

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that did not have a water dispenser or ice maker, there is a possibility that you don’t have a water line near this area of the kitchen. A water line is commonly run from under a home either in a crawl space or basement. You can acquire this line at almost any home repair store and they are pretty easy for the typical homeowner to install. Typically they have come with a water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you need to relocate the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If you have a connected water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle should be in line with the hose. And, is 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 may not be plugged in. Read the manual to see the wire harness for the particular refrigerator. Check that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

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

On some of the household refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters might “expire”, clog or freeze. All of the filters are based on the model and brand of refrigerator. If your filter is blocked it might cause slow filling or no flowing period. It is recommended that your filter is replaced every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be difficult. If you have problems, go online or call us and find the proper process to replace a filter.

One recommendation is to fill up the water filter with water prior to installation. A lot of time the water filters will take a long time to fill up, which might lead you to believe that the water dispenser on the refrigerator isn’t working. You should read the manual if all else fails. To ensure it is not air trapped in the water lines, depress the dispenser lever for around 5 minutes.

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