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 attempt to solve the problem on your own or call Palmdale Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Palmdale, California.

There are many reasons for the water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some of the reasons could sound a little strange. However, something as simple as a power switch on the refrigerator has been the cause before. Be sure to review the more obvious potential problems prior to moving forward with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover this appliance repair problem and see what causes we can come up with for a broken water dispenser.

The reason for a water dispenser not dispensing is commonly an installation error, a filter issue or frozen water tubes:

New Refrigerator Installation Issues

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

If the new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that didn’t include an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a possibility that you do not have a water line near this area. Most of the time a water line is commonly run from underneath the house either in a basement or crawl space. You can buy this type of water line at nearly any home repair store and they’re very simple for even the average homeowner to install. Usually they have include a built-in water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you ever need to move the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

If there is an attached water line, is the valve on? The valve handle should be lined up with the hose. And, is water going through the pipe you have installed to connect the water line? Obvious and basic questions, but items that need to be accounted for.

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

If the water is hooked up, usually there is air in it. So, lifting and lowering the dispenser control on the refrigerator to get the air out is needed.
Filter Issues

On some of the household models, there are various filters. These filters can “expire”, become clogged or freeze. All filters are based on the style and type of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it can cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It’s recommended that your filter is replaced every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be difficult. If you run into problems, go online and learn the right method to change a filter.

One idea is to fill the filter with water before installing it. Typically the water filters need a long time to fill, which could cause you to assume that the water dispenser is not working. You should read the directions if all else fails. To be sure it’s not air trapped in the lines, depress the dispenser lever for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might also be the reason for the issue as well on some refrigerators. If the water tank is frozen it will begin to leak onto the fresh food bins. Limited food in the fresh food bins could cause freezing.