Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

broken refrigerator water dispenser

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not working? If not, you can try to repair the problem on your own or call Instant Livonia Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Livonia, Michigan.

There are a lot of reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some of the reasons could sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as an on/off switch on the refrigerator has been the cause before. Be sure to check the obvious potential issues before moving forward with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s start to tackle this appliance repair problem and see what reasons we can cite for a broken water dispenser.

The cause of a broken water dispenser is commonly either an installation issue, a filter issue or frozen water tubes:

Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just purchased a brand new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it’s not working. The water dispenser must be hooked up to the home’s water line. That might be the issue.

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that didn’t feature a water dispenser or ice maker, there is a chance that you don’t have a water line running to this area of the kitchen. Most of the time a water line is typically run from under the house either in a crawl space or basement. You can get this type of water line at nearly any home repair store and they are pretty easy for the typical homeowner to install. Usually they have include a water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you should need to move the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

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

If you had to remove the doors during installation it is possible the water dispenser might not be plugged in. Read the manual to find the wire harness for the particular model of refrigerator. Check that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

If the water is connected, usually there is air in the line. So, lifting and lowering the dispenser control on the refrigerator to get the air out of it is necessary.
Filter Issues

On some household refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters might “expire”, clog or become frozen. All of the filters are dependent on the style and type of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it can cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It is suggested that your filter is changed every 6 months. Replacing filters can be hard sometimes. If you have issues, go online or call us and learn the proper method to replace a filter.

One idea is to fill up the filter with water before installation. A lot of time the water filters will need a long amount of time to fill, which might cause you to think the water dispenser on the refrigerator isn’t working. You will want to read the directions if nothing is working. To be sure it’s not air caught in the lines, depress the dispenser lever for about 5 minutes.

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