Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not working? If not, you can attempt to solve the problem by yourself or call Prince Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Franklin, Tennessee.

There are a lot of reasons for the water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some reasons are going to sound a bit crazy. However, something as simple as an off switch on the refrigerator has been the cause in some instances. Be sure to check the more obvious potential problems prior to proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s start to tackle this appliance repair problem and see what reasons we can come up with for a broken water dispenser.

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

Refrigerator Installation Issues

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

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that did not include an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a chance that you don’t have a functioning water line near this area. Most of the time a water line is typically run from under the house either in a crawl space or basement. You can purchase this line at just about any hardware store and they are pretty simple for even the average homeowner to install. Typically they have a a built-in water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you ever need to relocate the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If there’s a connected water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle must be in line with the hose. And, is water running through the pipe that you have used to connect the water line? Simple and basic questions, but items that need to be accounted for.

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

Once the water is hooked up, usually there’s air in the line. So, lifting and lowering the water dispenser control to get the air out is necessary.
Filter Problems

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

One suggestion is to fill the water filter with water before installation. Typically the water filters can need a long amount of time to fill, which might lead you to assume that the water dispenser on the refrigerator isn’t working right. You should read the owner’s manual if nothing is working. To be certain it’s not air caught in the lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser lever for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might also be the source of the problem as well in some refrigerators. If the water tank is frozen it will start to leak onto the food bins. Small amounts of food in the fresh food bins can cause freezing to happen.

ADDITIONAL REFRIGERATOR RESOURCES