Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

defective refrigerator water dispenser

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If not, you can try to repair the problem on your own or call Prime Parma Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Parma, Ohio.

There are several reasons for the water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some reasons are going to sound a little strange. However, something as obvious as an on/off switch has been the cause in some instances. Be sure to inspect the obvious potential problems prior to proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s start to cover this appliance repair problem and see what causes we can come up with for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

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

New Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just installed a new refrigerator for your kitchen 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 reason for the problem.

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that did not include a water dispenser or ice maker, there’s a possibility that you don’t have a water line running to this area. 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 almost any hardware store and they are pretty easy for the typical homeowner to install. Usually they have a a water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you ever need to move the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

If there is an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle should be in line with the hose. And, is there water running through the pipe you have installed to connect the water line? Simple and common questions, but things that have to be accounted for.

If you had to remove the doors during installation it’s possible the water dispenser is not plugged in. Review the manual to find the wire harness for the particular refrigerator. Check that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

If the water line is connected, most of the time there is air in it. So, engaging and disengaging the water dispenser lever on the refrigerator to get the air out of it is needed.
Filter Problems

On some of the popular models, there are various filters. These filters could “expire”, become clogged or get frozen. All of the filters are dependent on your model and type of refrigerator. If your filter is blocked it can cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It is suggested that your filter is changed every 6 months. Replacing filters in a refrigerator can be challenging. If you have problems, go online and find the right process to change a filter.

One idea is to fill up the filter with water prior to installation. Typically the water filters take a long time to fill up, which might cause you to assume that the water dispenser on the refrigerator isn’t 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 lever for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might be the cause of the issue as well on some models. If the water tank freezes it will begin to leak onto the food bins. Minimal food in the fresh food bins can cause freezing to happen.