Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not working? If not, you can try to solve the issue on your own or call Spokane Valley Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Spokane Valley, Washington.

There are many reasons for the water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to not work. Again, some suggestions are going to sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as a power switch has been the reason before. Be sure to inspect the more obvious potential issues prior to proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s start to tackle this appliance repair issue and see what causes we can reference for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The cause of a broken water dispenser is commonly either an installation issue, a filter problem or frozen water lines:

Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just bought a brand new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it’s not working. The water dispenser has to be connected to the water line. That could be the issue.

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that didn’t feature a water dispenser or ice maker, there is a possibility that you don’t have a functioning water line near this area. Most of the time a water line is commonly run from under a house either in a basement or crawl space. You can purchase this type of water line at just about any hardware store and they’re pretty easy for the average homeowner to install. Usually they have a a built-in water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you ever need to move the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

If there is an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle needs to be lined up with the hose. And, is there water running through the pipe you have used to connect the water line? Obvious and common questions, but items that have to be confirmed.

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

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

On some of the household refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters could “expire”, become clogged or become frozen. All filters are dependent 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 is changed every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be challenging. If you run into hiccups, go online or call us and learn the right process to change a filter.

One suggestion is to fill up the water filter with water prior to installing it. Typically the water filters need a long time to fill, which could lead you to believe that the water dispenser on the refrigerator isn’t working right. You should read the manual if all else fails. To be sure it’s not air trapped in the lines, depress the dispenser arm for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might be the cause of the problem as well on some refrigerators. If the water tank freezes it will leak onto the food bins. Minimal food inside of the fresh food bins can cause freezing.

ADDITIONAL REFRIGERATOR RESOURCES