Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

broken refrigerator water dispenser

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not working? If not, you can attempt to solve the issue on your own or call Fox Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair Pueblo, Colorado.

There are a lot of reasons for the water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some reasons are going to sound a little strange. However, something as simple as a power switch has been the reason before. Be sure to review the more obvious potential issues before proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to tackle this appliance repair issue and see what reasons we can come up with for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The cause of a water dispenser not dispensing is usually either an installation problem, a filter problem or frozen water tubes:

New Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just bought a new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it is broken. The water dispenser must be hooked up to the home’s water line. That could be the cause of the issue.

If your new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that didn’t feature a water dispenser or ice maker, there is a chance that you do not have a water line running to this area. Most of the time a water line is commonly run from underneath the home either in a crawl space or basement. You can purchase this type of water line at nearly any hardware store and they are pretty simple for the average homeowner to install. Typically they have come with a built-in water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you ever need to move the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If you have a water line, is the valve on? The valve handle must be lined up with the hose. And, is there water going through the pipe you have used to connect the water line? Obvious and basic questions, but items that have to be accounted for.

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

Once the water is hooked up, usually there’s air in the line. So, engaging and disengaging the water dispenser lever to get the air out of it is needed.
Filter Problems

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

One recommendation is to fill up the water filter with water prior to installing it. A lot of time the water filters need a long time to fill up, which might cause you to believe that the water dispenser isn’t working. You should read the manual if nothing is working. 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 might be the source of the issue as well in some refrigerators. If the tank freezes it will start to leak onto the fresh food bins. Limited food inside of the fresh food bins can cause freezing.