Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

broken refrigerator water dispenser

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not working? If not, you can try to solve the problem by yourself or call Direct Denver Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Denver, Colorado.

There are several reasons for the water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the reasons are going to sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as a power switch on the refrigerator has been the culprit before. Be sure to review the obvious potential problems prior to proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover this appliance repair problem and see what reasons we can reference for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The cause of a water dispenser not working is usually either an installation issue, a filter failure or frozen water lines:

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just bought a new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it’s broken. The water dispenser must be connected to the home’s water line. That could 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 chance that you don’t have a water line near this area. A water line is typically run from underneath the home either in a basement or crawl space. You can acquire this type of water line at almost any home repair store and they’re pretty easy for the average homeowner to install. Typically they have a a built-in water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you ever need to move the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If you have an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle must 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 things that have to be checked.

If you removed the doors during installation it is possible the water dispenser may not be plugged in. Read the manual to find the wire harness for the particular refrigerator. Be sure that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

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

On some household models, there are different filters. These filters might “expire”, clog or get frozen. All filters are dependent on your style and brand of refrigerator. If your filter is blocked it might cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It’s recommended that your filter is changed every 6 months. Replacing filters can be challenging. If you have issues, go online and find the right process to replace a filter.

One recommendation is to fill up the filter with water before installation. A lot of time the water filters will need a long amount of time to fill, which might lead you to assume the water dispenser on the refrigerator is not working. You should read the manual if all else fails. To be certain it’s not air trapped in the lines, depress the dispenser lever for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the cause of the issue as well in some refrigerators. If the water tank is frozen it will begin to leak onto the food bins. Minimal food in the fresh food bins will cause freezing.