Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

defective refrigerator water dispenser

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If so, you can attempt to repair the problem by yourself or call Rhodes Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair Massachusetts.

There are several reasons for the water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some of the suggestions might sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as an off switch has been the cause before. Be sure to review the more obvious potential problems prior to moving forward with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover this appliance repair problem and see all of the solutions we can come up with for a broken water dispenser.

The reason for a water dispenser not working is usually an installation issue, a filter failure or frozen water lines:

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just bought a new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it is broken. The water dispenser has to be connected to the water line. That could be the problem.

If your new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that didn’t have an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a possibility that you do not have a functioning water line running to this area of the kitchen. A water line is usually run from under a home either in a basement or crawl space. You can buy this type of water line at nearly any home repair store and they’re very simple for even the typical homeowner to install. Typically they have a a built-in water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you need to move the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

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

If you removed the doors during installation the water dispenser may not be plugged in. Check the owner’s manual to see the wire harness for that particular model of 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, engaging and disengaging the dispenser control to get the air out is necessary.
Filter Issues

On some of the models, there are different filters. These filters could “expire”, clog or become frozen. All filters are based on your style and type of refrigerator. If your filter is blocked it will cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It is recommended that your filter is replaced every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be difficult. If you have hiccups, go online or call us and find the proper method to change a filter.

One recommendation is to fill up the filter with water before installation. A lot of time the water filters will take a long amount of time to fill, which could lead you to think that the water dispenser on the refrigerator isn’t working right. You should read the directions if nothing is working. To be certain it is not air trapped in the water lines, depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might also be the cause of the issue as well on some refrigerators. If the tank is frozen it will leak onto the food bins. Low amounts of food inside of the fresh food bins might cause freezing to happen.