Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

broken refrigerator water dispenser

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

There are many reasons for the water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the reasons might sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as an off switch on the refrigerator has been the reason in some instances. Be sure to review the obvious potential problems before moving forward with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to tackle this appliance repair issue and see all of the causes we can reference for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The cause of a broken water dispenser is usually either an installation issue, a filter failure or frozen water tubes:

Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just bought a brand new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it’s broken. The water dispenser has to be hooked up to the water line. That might be the reason for the problem.

If your new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that did not feature a water dispenser or ice maker, there is a chance that you do not have a functioning water line near this area of the kitchen. A water line is commonly run from underneath a house either in a basement or crawl space. You can purchase this line at almost any home repair store and they are pretty easy for the typical homeowner to install. Usually 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 shut off the water.

If there’s a connected water line, is the valve on? The valve handle should be lined up with the hose. And, is there water going through the pipe that you have installed to connect the water line? Obvious and questions, but things that have to be checked.

If you removed the refrigerator doors during installation the water dispenser may not be plugged in. Check the manual to see the wire harness for the particular model of refrigerator. Check that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

When the water is hooked up, usually there is air in the line. So, lifting and lowering the water dispenser control on the refrigerator to get the air out is needed.
Filter Issues

On some of the models, there are various filters. These filters can “expire”, clog or freeze. All filters are dependent on the model and type of refrigerator. If your filter is blocked it will cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It’s suggested that your filter be changed every 6 months. Replacing filters in a refrigerator can be difficult. If you have problems, go online and find the proper process to replace a filter.

One recommendation is to fill the water filter with water prior to installing it. A lot of time the water filters will need a long time to fill, which might cause you to believe that the water dispenser on the refrigerator is not working. You will want to read the owner’s manual if all else fails. To be certain it is not air caught in the lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might also be the reason for the issue as well in some models. If the tank is frozen it will start to leak onto the fresh food bins. Low amounts of food in the fresh food bins will cause freezing to occur.