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 solve the problem on your own or call Enhance New Brunswick Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair New Brunswick, New Jersey.

There are several reasons for the water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some suggestions might sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as a power switch has been the cause before. Be sure to inspect the more obvious potential issues prior to proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover this appliance repair problem and see what causes we can cite for a broken water dispenser.

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

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just bought a brand new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it is broken. The water dispenser has to be connected to the water line. That could be the reason for the issue.

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that did not have a water dispenser or ice maker, there’s a possibility that you do not have a functioning water line running to this area. Most of the time a water line is usually run from underneath the house either in a basement or crawl space. You can buy this type of water line at almost any home repair store and they are pretty simple for even the typical homeowner to install. Usually they have include a built-in water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you ever need to move the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If there is a water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle needs to be lined up with the hose. And, is water running through the pipe that you have used to connect the water line? Obvious and questions, but items that have to be accounted for.

If you removed the refrigerator doors during installation the water dispenser may not be plugged in. Read the owner’s manual to find the wire harness for that particular refrigerator. Check that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

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

On some of the popular models, there are different filters. These filters might “expire”, become clogged or become frozen. All of the filters are based on the model and brand of refrigerator. If your filter is blocked it might cause slow filling or no flowing period. It is suggested that your filter should be changed every 6 months. Changing filters can be hard sometimes. If you run into issues, go online and learn the proper method to replace a filter.

One idea is to fill up the water filter with water prior to installation. A lot of time the water filters take a long time to fill up, which could lead you to believe that the water dispenser isn’t working right. You should read the owner’s manual if nothing is working. To ensure it is not air trapped in the lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser lever for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might be the source of the problem as well on some models. If the tank is frozen it will begin to leak onto the food bins. Minimal food inside of the fresh food bins could cause freezing.