Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

broken refrigerator water dispenser

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not dispensing water? If not, you can try to solve the problem by yourself or call ARC Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Woodland Hills, California.

There are a lot of reasons for a water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to stop working. Again, some suggestions could sound a bit crazy. However, something as simple as a power switch has been the culprit in the past. Be sure to check the obvious potential issues before proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover this appliance repair problem and see all of the solutions we can come up with for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

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

New Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just installed a new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it’s broken. The water dispenser must be hooked up to the home’s water line. That might be the problem.

If the new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that didn’t feature an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a chance that you don’t have a water line near this area of the kitchen. A water line is usually run from underneath the home either in a crawl space or basement. You can acquire this line at almost any home repair store and they are very simple for the average 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 shut off the water.

If you have a water line, is the valve on? The valve handle must be lined up 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 accounted for.

If you had to remove the refrigerator doors during installation it is possible the water dispenser may not be plugged in. Check the manual to find 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 it. So, lifting and lowering the water dispenser control to get the air out of it is needed.
Filter Issues

On some of the models, there are different filters. These filters might “expire”, clog or get frozen. All filters are dependent on the style and type of refrigerator. If the filter is clogged it might cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It’s recommended that your filter is changed every 6 months. Replacing filters in a refrigerator can be difficult. If you run into issues, go online and find the proper method to replace a filter.

One suggestion is to fill up the water filter with water prior to installation. A lot of time the water filters can need a long time to fill, which could cause you to believe that the water dispenser on the refrigerator is not working. You will want to read the directions if nothing is working. To be certain it is not air caught in the lines, depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might be the cause of the problem as well in some refrigerators. If the water tank freezes it will begin to leak onto the food bins. Minimal food in the fresh food bins might cause freezing to occur.