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 try to repair the issue by yourself or call Mann Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair Florida.

There are many reasons for the water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the reasons could sound a bit crazy. However, something as simple as an off switch has been the cause in some instances. Be sure to check the more obvious potential issues prior to moving forward with 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 broken water dispenser is typically either an installation problem, a filter problem or frozen water lines:

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just installed a new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it is not dispensing water. The water dispenser has to be hooked up to the water line. That could be the issue.

If the new refrigerator is replacing an older refrigerator that did not have a water dispenser or ice maker, there’s a chance that you don’t have a water line running to this area of the kitchen. Most of the time 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 almost any home repair store and they are very easy for even the average homeowner to install. Usually they have a a water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you ever need to move the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

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

If you removed the doors during installation the water dispenser might not be plugged in. Review the manual to find the wire harness for the particular model of refrigerator. Ensure that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

Once the water is hooked up, usually there’s air in it. So, lifting and lowering the water dispenser lever on the refrigerator to get the air out is needed.
Filter Issues

On some of the popular models, there are various filters. These filters might “expire”, become clogged or freeze. All of the filters are based on your model and type of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it might cause slow filling or no flowing. It is recommended that your filter is changed every 6 months. Replacing filters can be difficult. If you run into problems, go online or call us and find the proper process to change a filter.

One idea is to fill up the water filter with water prior to installing it. Typically the water filters can take a long amount of time to fill, which could cause you to believe the water dispenser on the refrigerator isn’t working. You should read the directions if nothing is working. To be certain it’s not air caught in the lines, depress the dispenser arm for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might be the source of the issue as well in some refrigerators. If the tank is frozen it will start to leak onto the food bins. Limited food in the fresh food bins could cause freezing.