Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not dispensing water? If not, you can attempt to repair the issue by yourself or call Longmont Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Longmont, Colorado.

There are several reasons for the water dispenser in a refrigerator to not work. Again, some reasons might sound a bit crazy. However, something as simple as an on/off switch has been the reason in the past. Be sure to review the obvious potential issues prior to moving forward with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s start to tackle this appliance repair problem and see all of the reasons we can cite for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The cause of a water dispenser not dispensing is usually either an installation problem, a filter issue or frozen water lines:

Refrigerator Installation Issues

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

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that did not include an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a possibility that you do not have a functioning water line running to this area of the kitchen. A water line is typically run from under the home either in a basement or crawl space. You can purchase this type of water line at almost any home repair store and they are pretty easy for even the typical homeowner to install. Typically they have include 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 you have an attached water line, is the valve on? The valve handle must be in line with the hose. And, is water going through the pipe that you have installed to connect the water line? Obvious and common questions, but items that need to be checked.

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

Once the water line is connected, usually there’s air in the line. So, engaging and disengaging the dispenser lever to get the air out is needed.
Filter Problems

On some household refrigerators, there are different filters. These filters can “expire”, clog or get frozen. All of the filters are dependent on the style and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it will cause slow filling or no flowing period. It’s recommended that your filter be replaced every 6 months. Replacing filters in a refrigerator can be difficult. If you run into hiccups, go online or call us and learn the proper process to change a filter.

One recommendation is to fill the water filter with water prior to installation. Typically the water filters take a long amount of time to fill, which could lead you to assume that the water dispenser is not working right. You should read the manual if all else fails. To be certain it is not air caught in the water lines, depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

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

ADDITIONAL REFRIGERATOR RESOURCES