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 repair the problem on your own or call Rogers Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair Alabama.

There are several reasons for a water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some reasons could sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as a power switch has been the cause in some instances. Be sure to check the more obvious potential problems before moving forward with refrigerator repair. Let’s start to cover this appliance repair issue and see what causes we can reference for a broken water dispenser.

The cause of a broken water dispenser is commonly either an installation error, a filter problem or frozen water lines:

Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just purchased a new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it is not dispensing water. The water dispenser must be hooked up to the home’s water line. That might be the problem.

If the new refrigerator is replacing an older refrigerator that did not have a water dispenser or ice maker, there is a possibility that you don’t have a water line running to this area of the kitchen. A water line is usually run from underneath a home either in a crawl space or basement. You can acquire this type of water line at almost any home repair store and they are pretty simple for even the average homeowner to install. Typically they have come with a built-in water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you should need to move the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

If there’s an attached water line, is the valve on? The valve handle needs to be in line with the hose. And, is water running through the pipe that you have installed to connect the water line? Obvious and questions, but things that need to be confirmed.

If you removed the doors during installation it is possible the water dispenser isn’t plugged in. Check the manual to see the wire harness for that particular model of refrigerator. Be sure that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

When the water line is hooked up, usually there’s air in it. So, engaging and disengaging the water dispenser lever on the refrigerator to get the air out is needed.
Filter Issues

On some popular models, there are various filters. These filters can “expire”, become clogged or freeze. All of the filters are dependent on the model and type of refrigerator. If your filter is clogged it will cause slow filling or no flowing period. It is recommended that your filter should be replaced every 6 months. Replacing filters can be challenging. If you run into problems, go online and learn the right process to replace a filter.

One recommendation is to fill up the filter with water before installation. Typically the water filters will need a long amount of time to fill, which might lead you to believe the water dispenser on the refrigerator isn’t working. You should read the manual 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 could be the cause of the problem as well in some models. If the tank is frozen it will leak onto the food bins. Minimal food inside of the fresh food bins will cause freezing.