Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If so, you can try to solve the problem on your own or call Ogden Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Ogden, Utah.

There are a lot of reasons for the water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the reasons are going to sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as a power switch on the refrigerator has been the cause in the past. Be sure to review the more obvious potential problems prior to moving forward with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to tackle this appliance repair problem and see all of the reasons we can cite for a broken water dispenser.

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

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just purchased a brand new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it’s not dispensing water. The water dispenser has to be connected to the home’s water line. That might be the problem.

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that did not include an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a chance that you do not have a functioning water line running to this area. A water line is typically run from underneath a house either in a crawl space or basement. You can get this line at almost any hardware store and they’re pretty easy for the average homeowner to install. Usually they have include a built-in water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you need to relocate the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If you have an attached water line, is the valve on? The valve handle should be lined up with the hose. And, is there water going through the pipe you have used to connect the water line? Simple and questions, but items that need to be checked.

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

When the water line is hooked up, usually there is air in the water line. So, engaging and disengaging the water dispenser lever to get the air out is needed.
Filter Problems

On some of the popular refrigerators, there are different filters. These filters might “expire”, clog or freeze. All filters are dependent on your model and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is clogged it might cause slow filling or no flowing. It’s suggested that your filter is replaced every 6 months. Changing filters can be hard sometimes. If you run into hiccups, go online and learn the proper process to replace a filter.

One idea is to fill up the water filter with water prior to installing it. A lot of time the water filters can need a long amount of time to fill, which could cause you to believe the water dispenser on the refrigerator isn’t working. You will want to read the directions if nothing is working. To ensure it’s not air caught in the lines, depress the dispenser lever for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might be the source of the issue as well on some refrigerators. If the water tank freezes it will begin to leak onto the fresh food bins. Low amounts of food inside of the fresh food bins could cause freezing to occur.

ADDITIONAL REFRIGERATOR RESOURCES