Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

broken refrigerator water dispenser

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If not, you can attempt to repair the problem on your own or call P&G Union Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Union, New Jersey.

There are a lot of reasons for the water dispenser in a refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some suggestions might sound a bit crazy. However, something as simple as a power switch on the refrigerator has been the culprit in the past. Be sure to review the obvious potential issues before proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to tackle this appliance repair issue and see what causes we can reference for a broken water dispenser.

The cause of a water dispenser not dispensing is typically an installation issue, a filter issue or frozen water lines:

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just installed a brand new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it’s broken. The water dispenser must be connected to the home’s water line. That might be the reason for the problem.

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing an older refrigerator that didn’t feature an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a chance that you do not have a functioning water line near this area of the kitchen. 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 nearly any home repair store and they are pretty easy for even the average homeowner to install. Typically they have come with a water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you ever need to relocate the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If there’s an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle must be in line with the hose. And, is there water going through the pipe you have installed to connect the water line? Obvious and questions, but items that need to be checked.

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

Once the water is connected, usually there is air in the line. So, engaging and disengaging the dispenser lever on the refrigerator to get the air out is needed.
Filter Problems

On some of the household models, there are different filters. These filters could “expire”, become clogged or become frozen. All filters are dependent on your style and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it might cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It’s suggested that your filter is changed every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be difficult. If you have problems, go online or call us and learn the proper method to change a filter.

One idea is to fill the water filter with water prior to installation. A lot of time the water filters can take a long time to fill up, which might cause you to assume the water dispenser is not working. You will want to read the directions if all else fails. To be certain it’s not air trapped in the water lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser arm for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank could be the cause of the issue as well in some models. If the tank is frozen it will begin to leak onto the fresh food bins. Minimal food in the fresh food bins could cause freezing.