Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

broken refrigerator water dispenser

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If not, you can try to repair the problem on your own or call King Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair Rhode Island.

There are many reasons for the water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the suggestions are going to sound a little strange. However, something as obvious as an off switch has been the cause in some instances. Be sure to review the obvious potential problems prior to moving forward with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover this appliance repair issue and see all of the causes we can reference for a broken water dispenser.

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

Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just installed a new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it’s broken. The water dispenser must be hooked up to the water line. That might be the reason for the issue.

If your new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that did not have an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a chance that you do not have a functioning water line near this area. Most of the time a water line is typically run from underneath a house either in a basement or crawl space. You can purchase this type of water line at nearly any hardware store and they are very easy for the typical homeowner to install. Usually they have a a water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you 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 needs to be in line with the hose. And, is there water going through the pipe you have installed to connect the water line? Obvious and common questions, but things that have to be accounted for.

If you removed the refrigerator doors during installation it’s possible the water dispenser may not be plugged in. Review the manual to find the wire harness for the particular model of refrigerator. Ensure that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

When the water line is connected, most of the time there’s air in the line. So, lifting and lowering the water dispenser control to get the air out is needed.
Filter Problems

On some of the popular models, there are different filters. These filters can “expire”, become clogged or get frozen. All filters are based on the model and brand of refrigerator. If your filter is blocked it might cause slow filling or no flowing period. 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 process 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 need a long amount of time to fill, which could lead you to assume the water dispenser is not working. You should read the directions if all else fails. To ensure it’s not air caught in the water lines, depress the dispenser arm for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might be the reason for the problem as well on some models. If the water tank is frozen it will start to leak onto the food bins. Low amounts of food inside of the fresh food bins will cause freezing to occur.