Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

defective refrigerator water dispenser

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not dispensing water? If so, you can try to solve the problem on your own or call Patriot Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Old Bridge, New Jersey.

There are a lot of reasons for the water dispenser in a kitchen 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 before. Be sure to check the more obvious potential issues before proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover this appliance repair issue and see all of the reasons we can come up with for a broken water dispenser.

The cause of a water dispenser not dispensing is usually an installation problem, a filter issue or frozen water lines:

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

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

If your new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that didn’t feature a water dispenser or ice maker, there is a chance that you do not have a functioning water line running to this area of the kitchen. Most of the time a water line is usually run from underneath a house either in a basement or crawl space. You can purchase this type of water line at almost any home repair store and they’re very simple for even the average homeowner to install. Typically they have a a water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you ever need to relocate the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If there’s an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle needs to be in line with the hose. And, is water running through the pipe that you have installed to connect the water line? Simple and questions, but things that need to be checked.

If you had to remove the doors during installation it is possible the water dispenser may not be plugged in. Check the manual to see the wire harness for the particular model of refrigerator. Ensure that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

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

On some household refrigerators, there are different filters. These filters could “expire”, clog or get frozen. All filters are dependent on your style and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it can cause slow filling or no flowing period. It’s recommended that your filter is changed every 6 months. Replacing filters in a refrigerator can be hard sometimes. If you have hiccups, go online or call us and learn the proper process to change a filter.

One recommendation is to fill up the filter with water before installing it. Typically the water filters will take a long amount of time to fill, which could lead you to think the water dispenser is not working. You will want to read the directions if nothing is working. To be sure it is not air caught in the lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser arm for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might be the reason for the issue as well in some models. If the tank is frozen it will start to leak onto the fresh food bins. Limited food inside of the fresh food bins could cause freezing to occur.