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 repair the problem on your own or call L&G San Diego Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair San Diego, California.

There are many reasons for the water dispenser in a refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some of the reasons are going to sound a bit crazy. However, something as simple as a power switch on the refrigerator has been the culprit in some instances. Be sure to inspect the more obvious potential problems before proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover this appliance repair issue and see all of the reasons we can cite for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The reason for a water dispenser not dispensing is typically an installation error, a filter failure or frozen water tubes:

Refrigerator Installation Issues

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

If your new refrigerator is replacing an older refrigerator that didn’t have an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a possibility that you do not have a functioning water line running to this area of the kitchen. A water line is commonly run from underneath the house either in a crawl space or basement. You can purchase this type of water line at just about any hardware store and they’re very simple for even the average homeowner to install. Typically they have a a water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you should need to move the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If there is a connected water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle needs to be lined up with the hose. And, is there water running through the pipe that you have used to connect the water line? Simple and basic questions, but things that have to be checked.

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

If the water is connected, usually there is air in the line. So, lifting and lowering the water dispenser lever on the refrigerator to get the air out of it is needed.
Filter Problems

On some household refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters can “expire”, clog or freeze. All of the filters are based on the model and brand of refrigerator. If your filter is clogged it can cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It is recommended that your filter be changed every 6 months. Changing filters can be hard sometimes. If you run into issues, go online or call us and learn the right method to change a filter.

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

A frozen water tank could be the source of the problem as well on some refrigerators. If the tank freezes it will leak onto the fresh food bins. Minimal food inside of the fresh food bins can cause freezing.