Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

defective refrigerator water dispenser

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If not, you can attempt to solve the problem by yourself or call A&L Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Escondido, California.

There are several reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some reasons could sound a bit crazy. However, something as simple as a power switch has been the cause in the past. Be sure to review the more obvious potential issues prior to moving forward with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s start to cover this appliance repair issue and see all of the reasons we can reference for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

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

New Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just bought a brand new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it’s broken. The water dispenser has to be hooked up to the home’s water line. That might be the issue.

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that did not have a water dispenser or ice maker, there is a possibility that you don’t have a functioning water line near this area of the kitchen. Most of the time a water line is commonly run from underneath the home either in a basement or crawl space. You can buy this line at just about any hardware store and they’re very simple for even the typical homeowner to install. Typically 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 you have an attached water line, is the valve on? The valve handle should be in line with the hose. And, is water running through the pipe you have installed to connect the water line? Obvious and common questions, but things that have to be accounted for.

If you had to remove the refrigerator doors during installation the water dispenser may not be plugged in. Check the owner’s manual to find the wire harness for the particular model of refrigerator. Be sure that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

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

On some household refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters might “expire”, clog or become frozen. All filters are dependent on your model and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it can cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It’s suggested that your filter should be replaced every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be difficult. If you have hiccups, go online or call us and find the proper process to replace a filter.

One idea is to fill up the water filter with water prior to installation. Typically the water filters take a long time to fill, which might lead you to assume that the water dispenser isn’t working right. You will want to read the manual if all else fails. To ensure it is not air caught in the lines, depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might also be the source of the problem as well on some refrigerators. If the water tank freezes it will leak onto the fresh food bins. Low amounts of food inside of the fresh food bins might cause freezing to occur.