Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

defective refrigerator water dispenser

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not working? If not, you can attempt to repair the issue by yourself or call United Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Fullerton, California.

There are many reasons for a water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to stop working. Again, some reasons could sound a little strange. However, something as obvious as a power switch has been the reason before. Be sure to check the more obvious potential issues prior to moving forward with refrigerator repair. Let’s start to cover this appliance repair issue and see all of the reasons we can come up with for a broken water dispenser.

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

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

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

If your new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that didn’t include an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a chance that you do not have a functioning water line near this area. A water line is typically run from underneath a house either in a basement or crawl space. You can purchase this line at nearly any hardware store and they are very 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 shut off the water.

If there’s an attached water line, is the valve on? The valve handle should be lined up with the hose. And, is water going through the pipe you have installed to connect the water line? Obvious and questions, but items that need to be confirmed.

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

When the water is connected, usually there is air in it. So, lifting and lowering the water dispenser control to get the air out of it is necessary.
Filter Problems

On some of the models, there are various filters. These filters might “expire”, become clogged or become frozen. All of the filters are based on your style and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it can cause slow filling or no flowing period. It is recommended that your filter is replaced every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be challenging. If you have issues, go online and find the right method to replace a filter.

One recommendation is to fill up the water filter with water prior to installing it. A lot of time the water filters can take a long time to fill up, which could lead you to assume the water dispenser isn’t working right. You should read the directions if nothing is working. To ensure it’s not air trapped in the lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might be the source of the issue as well on some models. If the tank freezes it will start to leak onto the fresh food bins. Low amounts of food inside of the fresh food bins could cause freezing.