Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

broken refrigerator water dispenser

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not dispensing water? If so, you can attempt to repair the problem by yourself or call Bellevue Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Bellevue, Washington.

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 obvious as an on/off switch on the refrigerator has been the cause in some instances. Be sure to review the more obvious potential problems prior to moving forward with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to tackle this appliance repair problem and see all of the solutions we can cite for a broken water dispenser.

The reason for a broken water dispenser is typically either an installation error, a filter problem or frozen water lines:

Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just installed a brand new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it is not working. The water dispenser has to be connected to the home’s water line. That could be the problem.

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that didn’t feature an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a possibility that you don’t have a functioning water line near this area of the kitchen. Most of the time a water line is usually run from underneath a home either in a crawl space or basement. You can buy this type of water line at nearly any home repair store and they are very simple for the average homeowner to install. Typically they have a a built-in water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you need to relocate the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If there’s an attached water line, is the valve on? The valve handle needs to be in line with the hose. And, is water going through the pipe 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 the water dispenser is not plugged in. Review the owner’s manual to find the wire harness for the particular model of refrigerator. Check that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

When the water line is hooked up, usually there is air in it. So, engaging and disengaging the water dispenser lever on the refrigerator to get the air out is needed.
Filter Issues

On some popular refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters can “expire”, become clogged or freeze. All of the filters are dependent on your model and type of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it can cause slow filling or no flowing period. It is recommended that your filter is replaced every 6 months. Replacing filters can be hard sometimes. If you have hiccups, go online and learn the right process to change a filter.

One idea is to fill the water filter with water before installing it. Typically the water filters take a long amount of time to fill up, which could cause you to assume the water dispenser on the refrigerator is not working. You will want to read the directions if all else fails. To ensure it is not air trapped in the water lines, depress the dispenser lever for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the cause of the issue as well on some models. If the tank is frozen it will leak onto the food bins. Small amounts of food in the fresh food bins will cause freezing to occur.