Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

defective refrigerator water dispenser

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If so, you can try to repair the issue by yourself or call Valor Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Grapevine, Texas.

There are several reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some reasons might sound a bit crazy. However, something as simple as an off switch has been the reason in the past. Be sure to review the more obvious potential problems before moving forward with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to tackle this appliance repair issue and see what causes we can come up with for a broken water dispenser.

The reason for a water dispenser not dispensing is usually either an installation problem, a filter issue or frozen water tubes:

Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just purchased a new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it is not dispensing water. The water dispenser has to be hooked up to the home’s water line. That could be the issue.

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that did not have an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a chance that you don’t have a functioning water line running to this area. Most of the time a water line is commonly run from underneath a home either in a crawl space or basement. You can buy this line at almost any hardware store and they’re pretty easy for even the average homeowner to install. Usually they have include a built-in 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 a water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle needs to be lined up with the hose. And, is there water running through the pipe you have used to connect the water line? Obvious and common questions, but items that have to be accounted for.

If you had to remove the doors during installation the water dispenser is not plugged in. Read the manual to find the wire harness for the particular refrigerator. Ensure that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

Once the water line is hooked up, usually there is air in it. So, engaging and disengaging the dispenser control to get the air out is needed.
Filter Problems

On some of the refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters can “expire”, clog or get frozen. All filters are based on your style and brand of refrigerator. If your filter is blocked it will cause slow filling or no flowing period. It is recommended that your filter be changed every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be hard sometimes. If you have issues, go online or call us and find the right process to change a filter.

One idea is to fill the water filter with water before installation. Typically the water filters need a long time to fill up, which could lead you to believe that the water dispenser isn’t working right. 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 source of the problem as well in some models. If the tank freezes it will leak onto the food bins. Small amounts of food in the fresh food bins will cause freezing to happen.