Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

defective refrigerator water dispenser

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not dispensing water? If so, you can try to solve the issue by yourself or call Noble Alexandria Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Alexandria, Virginia.

There are several reasons for the water dispenser in a refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some reasons might sound a little strange. However, something as simple as a power switch on the refrigerator has been the culprit before. Be sure to check the obvious potential issues prior to proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover this appliance repair problem and see all of the causes we can cite for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The reason for a broken water dispenser is typically an installation problem, a filter issue or frozen water lines:

Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just bought a brand new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it is broken. The water dispenser has to be connected to the water line. That could be the cause of the problem.

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing an older refrigerator that didn’t feature a water dispenser or ice maker, there is a possibility that you don’t have a water line running to this area. Most of the time a water line is typically run from under the house either in a crawl space or basement. You can get this line at just about any home repair store and they’re very easy for even the average homeowner to install. Usually they have a a 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’s an attached water line, is the valve on? The valve handle should be in line with the hose. And, is water going through the pipe you have used to connect the water line? Obvious and questions, but things that need to be confirmed.

If you removed the refrigerator doors during installation the water dispenser may not be plugged in. Review the manual to find the wire harness for the particular refrigerator. Check that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

When the water is hooked up, usually there’s air in it. So, lifting and lowering the water dispenser lever to get the air out is needed.
Filter Issues

On some popular refrigerators, there are different filters. These filters might “expire”, become clogged or freeze. All filters are dependent on the style and type of refrigerator. If the filter is clogged it might cause slow filling or no flowing period. It is recommended that your filter is replaced every 6 months. Replacing filters in a refrigerator can be challenging. If you have issues, go online and learn the right method to replace a filter.

One recommendation is to fill up the water filter with water before installing it. Typically the water filters will take a long time to fill up, which might lead you to believe the water dispenser is not working. You will want to read the directions if nothing is working. To ensure it is not air trapped in the water lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser lever for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the source of the issue as well in some models. If the water tank is frozen it will leak onto the food bins. Small amounts of food inside of the fresh food bins could cause freezing.