Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

defective refrigerator water dispenser

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not working? If not, you can try to solve the issue on your own or call Township Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Toms River, New Jersey.

There are a lot of reasons for the water dispenser in a refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some suggestions might sound a bit crazy. However, something as simple as an on/off switch on the refrigerator has been the cause before. Be sure to check the obvious potential issues prior to moving forward with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to tackle this appliance repair problem and see what reasons we can cite for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The reason for a broken water dispenser is usually either an installation issue, a filter failure or frozen water tubes:

Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just bought a new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it is broken. The water dispenser must be hooked up to the water line. That might be the cause of the problem.

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing an older refrigerator that did not have a water dispenser or ice maker, there’s a possibility that you do not have a functioning water line running to this area. A water line is typically run from underneath the home either in a crawl space or basement. You can purchase this line at almost any home repair store and they are very simple for the typical homeowner to install. Usually they have include a water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you should need to move the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

If there is a water line, is the valve on? The valve handle needs to be in line with the hose. And, is water running through the pipe you have installed to connect the water line? Obvious and questions, but things that need to be confirmed.

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

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

On some popular refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters could “expire”, become clogged or become frozen. All of the filters are dependent on your style and brand of refrigerator. If your filter is blocked it might cause slow filling or no flowing period. It is suggested that your filter is replaced every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be hard sometimes. If you run into problems, go online and find the right process to replace a filter.

One suggestion is to fill the water filter with water prior to installation. Typically the water filters can need a long amount of time to fill, which might lead you to assume the water dispenser on the refrigerator is not working right. You will want to read the manual if all else fails. To ensure it’s not air trapped in the lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser arm for about 5 minutes.

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