Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not working? If not, you can try to repair the problem on your own or call Ward Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Atlanta.

There are many reasons for the water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some suggestions could sound a little strange. However, something as simple as an on/off switch on the refrigerator has been the reason in some instances. Be sure to inspect the more obvious potential problems prior to moving forward with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s start to cover this appliance repair issue and see what reasons we can cite for a broken water dispenser.

The cause of a water dispenser not working is commonly an installation issue, 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 broken. The water dispenser must be connected to the home’s water line. That could be the reason for the problem.

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that did not feature an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a chance that you do not have a functioning water line near this area of the kitchen. A water line is commonly run from underneath a house either in a basement or crawl space. You can acquire this type of water line at nearly any home repair store and they’re pretty simple for the typical homeowner to install. Typically they have a a water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you need to move the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

If there’s an attached 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 you have installed to connect the water line? Obvious and questions, but things that have to be confirmed.

If you had to remove the doors during installation it’s possible the water dispenser isn’t plugged in. Review the manual to see the wire harness for that particular model of refrigerator. Be sure that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

Once the water is hooked up, most of the time there is air in the line. So, lifting and lowering the dispenser control to get the air out of it is needed.
Filter Issues

On some of the models, there are various filters. These filters might “expire”, clog or freeze. All of the filters are based on the style and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it will cause slow filling or no flowing period. It is recommended that your filter should be changed every 6 months. Replacing filters in a refrigerator can be difficult. If you have problems, go online or call us and learn the proper method to change a filter.

One idea is to fill the water filter with water prior to installing it. A lot of time the water filters can need a long amount of time to fill, which could cause you to think that the water dispenser isn’t working right. You will want to read the owner’s manual if all else fails. To be sure it’s not air trapped in the water lines, depress the dispenser arm for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the source of the problem as well on some models. If the water tank freezes it will start to leak onto the fresh food bins. Small amounts of food inside of the fresh food bins could cause freezing.

ADDITIONAL REFRIGERATOR RESOURCES