Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If so, you can try to repair the issue by yourself or call Accel Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Auburn, Washington.

There are several reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some reasons might sound a little strange. However, something as simple as a power switch has been the culprit in the past. Be sure to inspect the obvious potential issues prior to moving forward with refrigerator repair. Let’s start to tackle this appliance repair issue and see all of the solutions we can reference for a broken water dispenser.

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

Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just bought a new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it is broken. The water dispenser has to be hooked up to the water line. That might be the issue.

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that did not have a water dispenser or ice maker, there’s a possibility that you don’t have a functioning water line running to this area. Most of the time a water line is usually run from under a home either in a crawl space or basement. You can get this type of water line at almost any hardware store and they are very simple for the typical homeowner to install. Typically they have include a built-in water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you should 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 there water going through the pipe that you have installed to connect the water line? Simple and questions, but things that have to be checked.

If you removed the refrigerator doors during installation the water dispenser might not be plugged in. Review the manual to find the wire harness for that particular refrigerator. Ensure that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

If the water is connected, most of the time there’s 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 Issues

On some of the popular refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters might “expire”, clog or freeze. All of the filters are based on your style and type of refrigerator. If the filter is clogged it can cause slow filling or no flowing period. It is recommended that your filter should be changed every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be hard sometimes. If you run into problems, go online or call us and find the right method to change a filter.

One suggestion is to fill up the water filter with water before installing it. Typically the water filters need a long time to fill up, which might lead you to think that the water dispenser on the refrigerator isn’t working. You will want to read the owner’s manual if all else fails. To be sure it is not air caught in the lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser lever for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the cause of the problem as well on some models. If the water tank freezes it will leak onto the fresh food bins. Limited food inside of the fresh food bins could cause freezing to happen.

ADDITIONAL REFRIGERATOR RESOURCES