Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not dispensing water? If not, you can attempt to solve the problem on your own or call Green Bay Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Green Bay, Wisconsin.

There are many reasons for a water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to stop working. Again, some reasons might sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as an on/off switch on the refrigerator has been the reason in the past. Be sure to inspect the more obvious potential problems prior to proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to tackle this appliance repair issue and see all of the causes we can reference for a broken water dispenser.

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

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just installed a brand new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it’s not working. The water dispenser must be hooked up to the water line. That might be the issue.

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing an older refrigerator that did not have an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a chance that you do not have a functioning water line running to this area. A water line is commonly run from underneath a house either in a basement or crawl space. You can buy this line at almost any home repair store and they’re pretty simple for the typical homeowner to install. Usually they have include a water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you ever need to relocate the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

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

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

If the water is hooked up, most of the time there is air in it. So, lifting and lowering the dispenser control on the refrigerator to get the air out is necessary.
Filter Issues

On some of the household models, there are different filters. These filters can “expire”, become clogged or become frozen. All filters are dependent on your style and type of refrigerator. If the filter is clogged it might cause slow filling or no flowing. It is recommended that your filter should be changed every 6 months. Replacing filters in a refrigerator can be hard sometimes. If you have issues, go online or call us and find the right method to replace a filter.

One recommendation is to fill the water filter with water before installation. Typically the water filters take a long amount of time to fill, which could lead you to think that the water dispenser on the refrigerator isn’t working right. You will want to read the manual if nothing is working. To be sure it’s not air trapped in the water lines, depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might be the cause of the issue as well on some models. If the water tank freezes it will start to leak onto the fresh food bins. Limited food inside of the fresh food bins might cause freezing to happen.