Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not dispensing water? If not, you can attempt to repair the problem on your own or call North Las Vegas Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair North Las Vegas, Nevada.

There are several reasons for the water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the suggestions might sound a little strange. However, something as simple as an off switch has been the culprit in the past. Be sure to review the more obvious potential issues prior to proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to tackle this appliance repair issue and see what causes we can cite for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The cause of a water dispenser not dispensing is commonly an installation problem, a filter problem or frozen water tubes:

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just purchased a new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it is not dispensing water. The water dispenser has to be connected to the home’s water line. That might be the cause of the issue.

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing an older refrigerator that didn’t feature an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a chance that you don’t have a functioning water line near this area of the kitchen. A water line is typically run from under the home either in a basement or crawl space. You can buy this line at just about any hardware store and they are pretty simple for even the typical homeowner to install. Typically they have a a water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you ever need to move the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

If there’s an attached water line, is the valve on? The valve handle must be lined up with the hose. And, is water going through the pipe you have installed to connect the water line? Obvious and basic questions, but items that need to be accounted for.

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

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

On some popular models, there are various filters. These filters can “expire”, clog or get frozen. All of the filters are dependent on your style and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it can cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It is recommended that your filter is replaced every 6 months. Replacing filters in a refrigerator can be challenging. If you run into hiccups, go online and find the right method to change a filter.

One recommendation is to fill the water filter with water before installing it. A lot of time the water filters take a long amount of time to fill up, which might lead you to think that the water dispenser isn’t working right. You will want to read the directions if all else fails. To ensure it’s not air caught in the lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might also be the cause of the problem as well in some refrigerators. If the water tank freezes it will start to leak onto the fresh food bins. Minimal food in the fresh food bins could cause freezing to occur.