Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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

There are many reasons for the water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to stop working. Again, some suggestions might 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 review the obvious potential issues before moving forward with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s start to tackle this appliance repair problem and see all of the causes we can reference for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The cause of a broken water dispenser is usually either an installation error, a filter failure or frozen water lines:

Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just bought 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 might be the cause of the issue.

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing an older refrigerator that didn’t feature an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a chance that you don’t have a water line near this area of the kitchen. A water line is commonly run from underneath the home either in a crawl space or basement. You can acquire this type of water line at almost any hardware store and they are very easy for even the typical 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 you have an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle should be lined up with the hose. And, is water going through the pipe that you have installed to connect the water line? Obvious and questions, but items that need to be accounted for.

If you had to remove the refrigerator doors during installation the water dispenser isn’t plugged in. Check the owner’s manual to find the wire harness for that particular refrigerator. Ensure that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

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

On some household refrigerators, there are different filters. These filters can “expire”, become clogged or freeze. All filters are based on the model and brand of refrigerator. If your filter is blocked it will cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It is recommended that your filter be replaced every 6 months. Replacing filters in a refrigerator can be challenging. If you have hiccups, go online or call us and learn the proper method to replace a filter.

One suggestion is to fill up the filter with water before installation. Typically the water filters will take a long amount of time to fill, which could cause you to assume that the water dispenser isn’t working. You will want to read the directions if all else fails. To be certain it’s not air trapped in the water lines, depress the dispenser lever for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might also be the reason for the problem as well in some models. If the water tank is frozen it will begin to leak onto the fresh food bins. Minimal food inside of the fresh food bins will cause freezing.

ADDITIONAL REFRIGERATOR RESOURCES