Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If so, you can try to repair the problem by yourself or call Westminster Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Westminster, California.

There are a lot of reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to not work. Again, some reasons are going to sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as a power switch on the refrigerator has been the reason before. Be sure to inspect the obvious potential problems before moving forward with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to tackle this appliance repair issue and see all of the causes we can cite for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The reason for a water dispenser not working is usually an installation problem, a filter failure or frozen water lines:

Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just purchased a brand new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it’s not dispensing water. The water dispenser must be connected to the home’s water line. That might be the cause of the issue.

If your new refrigerator is replacing an older refrigerator that did not feature an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a possibility that you don’t have a functioning water line running to this area of the kitchen. Most of the time a water line is typically run from underneath the home either in a crawl space or basement. You can buy this line at almost any hardware store and they’re very simple for even the average homeowner to install. Typically they have include a water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you should need to relocate the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If there is 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 basic questions, but things that need to be confirmed.

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

Once the water is hooked up, most of the time there’s air in it. So, engaging and disengaging the water dispenser lever on the refrigerator to get the air out of it is needed.
Filter Issues

On some household refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters could “expire”, clog or become frozen. All of the filters are based on the style and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it will cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It’s recommended that your filter should be replaced every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be hard sometimes. If you run into issues, go online and find the proper method to replace a filter.

One recommendation is to fill up the water filter with water before installation. A lot of time the water filters can need a long time to fill up, which might cause you to assume the water dispenser isn’t working. You should read the owner’s manual if nothing is working. To ensure it is not air trapped in the lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser arm for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might also be the source of the problem as well in some refrigerators. If the water tank is frozen it will leak onto the food bins. Low amounts of food in the fresh food bins can cause freezing.

ADDITIONAL REFRIGERATOR RESOURCES