Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

broken refrigerator water dispenser

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If not, you can attempt to repair the issue on your own or call Prime Pasadena Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Pasadena, California.

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

The cause of a water dispenser not dispensing is commonly either an installation error, a filter failure or frozen water tubes:

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just purchased a brand new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it is not working. The water dispenser must be hooked up to the water line. That might be the reason for the issue.

If the new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that did not feature a water dispenser or ice maker, there’s a possibility that you don’t have a water line running to this area. A water line is usually run from underneath a house either in a crawl space or basement. You can acquire this type of water line at nearly any home repair store and they’re very easy for the average 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 there is an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle should be lined up with the hose. And, is water running through the pipe that you have installed to connect the water line? Simple and common questions, but items that need to be accounted for.

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

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

On some of the household refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters might “expire”, become clogged or become frozen. All of the filters are based on the model and type of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it can cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It is suggested that your filter be changed every 6 months. Changing filters can be hard sometimes. If you have hiccups, go online or call us and find the proper method to replace a filter.

One suggestion is to fill the filter with water prior to installing it. Typically the water filters need a long time to fill up, which might cause you to think the water dispenser isn’t working. You should read the directions if all else fails. To ensure it is not air trapped in the water lines, depress the dispenser lever for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might be the cause of the problem as well on some models. If the tank freezes it will leak onto the fresh food bins. Minimal food in the fresh food bins can cause freezing to occur.