Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

defective refrigerator water dispenser

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not dispensing water? If not, you can try to repair the issue by yourself or call Jet City Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Seattle, Washington.

There are many reasons for a water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the suggestions could sound a little strange. However, something as simple as an off switch on the refrigerator has been the cause in the past. Be sure to inspect the obvious potential problems prior to moving forward with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s start to cover this appliance repair problem and see all of the causes we can cite for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The reason for a water dispenser not dispensing is typically either an installation problem, a filter problem or frozen water lines:

Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just purchased a brand new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it is not working. The water dispenser has to be hooked up to the home’s water line. That could be the issue.

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing an older refrigerator that did not include an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a chance that you don’t have a functioning water line near this area of the kitchen. Most of the time a water line is commonly run from under the home either in a crawl space or basement. You can purchase this type of water line at nearly any home repair store and they’re very easy for the typical homeowner to install. Typically they have include a built-in water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you should need to move the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If there’s a water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle should be in line with the hose. And, is there water running through the pipe you have installed to connect the water line? Obvious and basic questions, but things that have to be checked.

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

Once the water is hooked up, usually there’s air in the water line. So, engaging and disengaging the water dispenser lever on the refrigerator to get the air out is needed.
Filter Problems

On some household refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters might “expire”, become clogged or become frozen. All filters are based on the style 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 is changed every 6 months. Changing filters can be hard sometimes. If you run into hiccups, go online and learn the right process to replace a filter.

One recommendation is to fill up the water filter with water before installation. A lot of time the water filters will take a long amount of time to fill, which might lead you to believe the water dispenser on the refrigerator is not working. You will want to read the directions if nothing is working. To be sure it’s not air caught in the water lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser lever for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the cause of the problem as well on some models. If the tank freezes it will begin to leak onto the food bins. Low amounts of food in the fresh food bins can cause freezing to happen.