Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

defective refrigerator water dispenser

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not working? If so, you can try to solve the problem on your own or call A+ Aurora Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Aurora, Illinois.

There are many reasons for a water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to stop working. Again, some suggestions could sound a little strange. However, something as obvious as a power switch on the refrigerator has been the cause before. Be sure to check the obvious potential problems before proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to tackle this appliance repair issue and see all of the causes we can come up with for a broken water dispenser.

The reason for a water dispenser not dispensing is commonly either an installation error, 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 dispensing water. The water dispenser must be hooked up to the water line. That could be the reason for the issue.

If the new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that didn’t have an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a possibility that you don’t have a functioning water line running to this area of the kitchen. A water line is usually run from underneath a house either in a crawl space or basement. You can purchase this line at almost any hardware store and they are very simple for the typical homeowner to install. Typically they have come with a water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you ever need to relocate the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If you have an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle should be lined up with the hose. And, is there water running through the pipe that you have used to connect the water line? Simple and questions, but things that need to be accounted for.

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

If the water line is hooked up, 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 of the refrigerators, there are different filters. These filters can “expire”, clog or freeze. All of the filters are dependent on your model and type of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it might cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It is suggested that your filter should be changed every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be difficult. If you have hiccups, go online and find the proper method to replace a filter.

One recommendation is to fill the filter with water prior to installing it. Typically the water filters take a long time to fill, which might lead you to assume that the water dispenser isn’t working right. You will want to read the owner’s manual if nothing is working. To ensure it is not air trapped in the water lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser arm for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the reason for the problem as well in some refrigerators. If the water tank freezes it will leak onto the food bins. Small amounts of food in the fresh food bins can cause freezing to happen.