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 solve the problem on your own or call G&C Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Encino, California.

There are several reasons for the water dispenser in a refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some of the suggestions could sound a bit crazy. However, something as simple as an off switch has been the culprit in some instances. Be sure to inspect the obvious potential problems before proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s start to cover this appliance repair problem and see all of the solutions we can come up with for a broken water dispenser.

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

Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just purchased a new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it’s not dispensing water. The water dispenser has to be connected to the home’s water line. That could be the problem.

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing an older refrigerator that did not include a water dispenser or ice maker, there is a possibility that you don’t have a functioning water line running to this area of the kitchen. A water line is usually run from under the house either in a basement or crawl space. You can acquire this type of water line at nearly any home repair store and they’re very simple for the typical homeowner to install. Usually they have come with a 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 an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle should be in line with the hose. And, is water going through the pipe you have installed to connect the water line? Simple and questions, but items that have to be checked.

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

If the water is connected, most of the time there’s air in the line. So, engaging and disengaging the dispenser lever to get the air out of it is needed.
Filter Issues

On some popular refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters might “expire”, clog or get frozen. All of the filters are based on the style and type of refrigerator. If the filter is clogged it might cause slow filling or no flowing period. It is suggested that your filter is changed every 6 months. Changing filters can be difficult. If you run into issues, go online and learn the right process to replace a filter.

One idea is to fill the filter with water prior to installation. A lot of time the water filters need a long amount of time to fill, which could lead you to think that the water dispenser on the refrigerator isn’t working right. You should read the manual if nothing is working. To ensure it is not air trapped in the water lines, depress the dispenser lever for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the reason for the issue as well on some refrigerators. If the tank is frozen it will leak onto the food bins. Minimal food in the fresh food bins could cause freezing.