Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not working? If so, you can try to repair the issue on your own or call Las Cruces Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Las Cruces, New Mexico.

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 has been the cause in the past. Be sure to review the obvious potential issues before proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s begin 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 water dispenser not dispensing is typically either an installation error, a filter issue or frozen water lines:

Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just installed a new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it is not working. The water dispenser must be connected to the water line. That might be the cause of the problem.

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 don’t have a water line running to this area of the kitchen. A water line is typically run from under a house either in a crawl space or basement. You can acquire this type of water line at just about any home repair store and they are pretty easy for the average homeowner to install. Usually 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 connected water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle needs to be lined up with the hose. And, is there water going through the pipe that you have installed to connect the water line? Obvious and questions, but items that need to be confirmed.

If you had to remove the doors during installation the water dispenser is not plugged in. Read the manual to see the wire harness for the particular model of refrigerator. Check that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

If the water is hooked up, usually there’s air in it. So, engaging and disengaging the dispenser lever to get the air out of it is necessary.
Filter Issues

On some household refrigerators, there are different filters. These filters might “expire”, clog or become frozen. All filters are dependent on your style and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it will cause slow filling or no flowing. It’s recommended that your filter should be changed every 6 months. Replacing filters in a refrigerator can be difficult. If you have issues, go online or call us and learn the right process to change a filter.

One idea is to fill up the water filter with water prior to installation. A lot of time the water filters need a long time to fill, which might lead you to think the water dispenser isn’t working. You will want to read the owner’s manual if nothing is working. To ensure it’s not air caught in the water lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might also be the reason for the issue as well in some refrigerators. If the water tank is frozen it will begin to leak onto the fresh food bins. Small amounts of food inside of the fresh food bins can cause freezing to occur.

ADDITIONAL REFRIGERATOR RESOURCES