Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

defective 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 Manchester Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Manchester, New Hampshire.

There are a lot of reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the reasons are going to sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as a power switch on the refrigerator has been the reason in some instances. Be sure to check the obvious potential problems prior to proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s start to cover this appliance repair issue and see all of the solutions we can cite for a broken water dispenser.

The cause of a water dispenser not dispensing is typically either an installation issue, a filter failure or frozen water lines:

Refrigerator Installation Problems

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

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing an older refrigerator that did not include a water dispenser or ice maker, there is a possibility that you do not have a water line running to this area of the kitchen. A water line is usually run from underneath the home either in a crawl space or basement. You can get this line at almost any hardware store and they’re very simple for the average homeowner to install. Typically they have a a built-in water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you ever need to relocate the refrigerator, you can shut 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 running through the pipe you have installed to connect the water line? Simple and questions, but items that need to be accounted for.

If you had to remove the doors during installation the water dispenser is not plugged in. Review the owner’s manual to see the wire harness for that particular refrigerator. Be sure that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

If the water line is connected, usually there is air in it. So, lifting and lowering the dispenser control to get the air out of it is needed.
Filter Issues

On some household models, there are different filters. These filters could “expire”, clog or become frozen. All filters are based on your model and brand of refrigerator. If your filter is blocked it might cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It’s recommended that your filter is changed every 6 months. Replacing filters can be challenging. If you run into issues, go online and learn the right process to change a filter.

One suggestion is to fill the water filter with water before installation. Typically the water filters need a long time to fill, which could cause you to assume that the water dispenser on the refrigerator isn’t working right. You will want to read the owner’s manual if all else fails. To ensure it is not air trapped in the lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the source of the issue as well on some models. If the tank freezes it will begin to leak onto the fresh food bins. Limited food inside of the fresh food bins can cause freezing to occur.