Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not dispensing water? If not, you can try to repair the issue on your own or call Five Star Yakima Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Yakima, Washington.

There are many reasons for the water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to stop working. Again, some reasons might sound a bit crazy. However, something as simple as an on/off switch has been the culprit before. Be sure to review the obvious potential problems before moving forward with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover this appliance repair problem and see all of the causes we can come up with for a broken water dispenser.

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

New Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just installed a new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it is broken. The water dispenser has to be hooked up to the home’s water line. That might be the problem.

If the new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that did not include an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a chance that you don’t have a water line near this area. A water line is usually run from under the house either in a crawl space or basement. You can purchase this type of water line at almost any hardware store and they’re pretty simple for the typical homeowner to install. Usually they have come with 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 an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle should be lined up with the hose. And, is water running through the pipe you have used to connect the water line? Obvious and basic questions, but things that have to be checked.

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

If the water is hooked up, most of the time there’s air in the line. So, engaging and disengaging the dispenser lever to get the air out is necessary.
Filter Issues

On some household refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters might “expire”, clog or freeze. All of the filters are dependent on the model and brand of refrigerator. If your filter is blocked it might cause slow filling or no flowing period. It’s recommended that your filter should be replaced every 6 months. Changing filters can be difficult. If you have problems, go online and find the right method to replace a filter.

One suggestion is to fill the water filter with water before installation. Typically the water filters take a long time to fill up, which might cause you to think that the water dispenser 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 water 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 models. If the tank is frozen it will start to leak onto the fresh food bins. Minimal food inside of the fresh food bins could cause freezing.

ADDITIONAL REFRIGERATOR RESOURCES