Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not working? If so, you can attempt to solve the problem by yourself or call Ready Reno Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Reno, NV.

There are a lot of reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to not work. Again, some of the reasons are going to sound a little strange. However, something as obvious as a power switch on the refrigerator has been the culprit in some instances. Be sure to review the more obvious potential problems before proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s start to cover this appliance repair issue and see what solutions we can come up with for a broken water dispenser.

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

New Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just purchased a brand new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it’s broken. The water dispenser must be connected to the water line. That could be the reason for the issue.

If your new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that didn’t feature a water dispenser or ice maker, there’s a possibility that you don’t have a functioning water line running to this area of the kitchen. A water line is typically run from underneath a home either in a basement or crawl space. You can buy this type of water line at almost any hardware store and they’re very easy for the typical homeowner to install. Usually they have include a water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you need to relocate the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If there is a water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle should be lined up with the hose. And, is water going through the pipe you have installed to connect the water line? Simple and questions, but items that have to be confirmed.

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

When the water line is connected, usually there’s air in it. So, engaging and disengaging the water dispenser lever on the refrigerator to get the air out of it is necessary.
Filter Issues

On some of the popular refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters can “expire”, clog or become frozen. All of the filters are based on the style and type of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it will cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It’s recommended that your filter is replaced every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be hard sometimes. If you have issues, go online and find the right process to replace a filter.

One recommendation is to fill the water filter with water prior to installing it. Typically the water filters will take a long time to fill, which might lead you to assume the water dispenser is not working. You should read the manual if nothing is working. To be certain it’s not air trapped in the lines, depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might be the source of the issue as well on some models. If the water tank is frozen it will leak onto the food bins. Limited food inside of the fresh food bins will cause freezing to occur.