Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

defective 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 Choice Carmel Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Carmel, Indiana.

There are a lot of reasons for the water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to stop working. Again, some reasons could sound a little strange. However, something as simple as an off switch on the refrigerator has been the cause in some instances. Be sure to inspect the obvious potential issues before proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s start 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 reason for a broken water dispenser is commonly an installation problem, a filter failure or frozen water tubes:

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just bought a brand new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it is broken. The water dispenser must be connected to the home’s water line. That might be the issue.

If the new refrigerator is replacing an older refrigerator that didn’t feature an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a chance that you do not have a water line near this area of the kitchen. A water line is usually run from under the house either in a basement or crawl space. You can purchase this line at nearly any hardware store and they’re very easy for even the typical homeowner to install. Usually they have a a water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you should need to relocate the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If there is an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle must be in line with the hose. And, is water going through the pipe that you have used to connect the water line? Simple and questions, but items that need to be accounted for.

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

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

On some household refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters might “expire”, clog or get frozen. All of the filters are based on the style and brand of refrigerator. If your filter is blocked it will cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It is suggested that your filter be changed every 6 months. Changing filters can be difficult. If you run into hiccups, go online and learn the right method to change a filter.

One suggestion is to fill up the water filter with water prior to installing it. A lot of time the water filters take a long time to fill up, which could lead you to assume that the water dispenser on the refrigerator is not working right. You will want to read the directions if all else fails. To be certain it is not air caught in the lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

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