Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

defective refrigerator water dispenser

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not dispensing water? If so, you can try to solve the problem on your own or call Gibson Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair CITY, STATE.

There are a lot of reasons for the water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some reasons might sound a little strange. However, something as simple as an on/off switch has been the culprit before. Be sure to inspect the more obvious potential issues before proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover this appliance repair issue and see what solutions we can come up with for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

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

New Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just purchased a new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it’s broken. The water dispenser must be hooked up to the water line. That might be the cause of the issue.

If your new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that did not include an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a possibility that you do not have a functioning water line near this area. Most of the time a water line is typically run from underneath the home either in a basement or crawl space. You can acquire this line at just about any hardware store and they’re pretty simple for the typical 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 there is a water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle should be in line with the hose. And, is water going through the pipe you have used to connect the water line? Simple and questions, but items that have to be confirmed.

If you had to remove the doors during installation it is possible the water dispenser might not be plugged in. Review the owner’s manual to see the wire harness for that particular model of refrigerator. Be sure that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

Once the water is connected, usually there’s air in it. So, lifting and lowering the dispenser control to get the air out is needed.
Filter Issues

On some popular refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters might “expire”, become clogged or freeze. All filters are dependent on your model and type of refrigerator. If the filter is clogged it can cause slow filling or no flowing. It is suggested that your filter is changed every 6 months. Replacing filters can be difficult. If you have issues, go online and find the proper method to replace a filter.

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

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