Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not dispensing water? If not, you can try to repair the issue by yourself or call Ignite Miami Beach Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Miami Beach, Florida.

There are many reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some reasons could sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as a power switch has been the culprit in the past. Be sure to inspect the obvious potential issues prior to moving forward with refrigerator repair. Let’s start to tackle this appliance repair issue and see what causes we can come up with for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The reason for a water dispenser not dispensing is commonly either an installation problem, a filter failure or frozen water tubes:

New Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just purchased a new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it’s broken. The water dispenser has to be hooked up to the home’s water line. That could be the problem.

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing an old refrigerator that didn’t feature a water dispenser or ice maker, there’s a chance that you do not have a water line near this area. Most of the time a water line is commonly run from under the home either in a basement or crawl space. You can get this type of water line at nearly any hardware store and they’re pretty simple for the average homeowner to install. Typically they have a a water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you need to move the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If you have a water line, is the valve on? The valve handle should be in line with the hose. And, is there water running through the pipe that you have used to connect the water line? Simple and basic questions, but things that need to be checked.

If you had to remove the refrigerator doors during installation it is possible the water dispenser may not be plugged in. Check the owner’s manual to find the wire harness for the particular refrigerator. Check that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

When the water line is hooked up, most of the time there is air in it. So, lifting and lowering the dispenser lever to get the air out is needed.
Filter Issues

On some popular refrigerators, there are various filters. These filters could “expire”, become clogged or freeze. All filters are dependent on the model and brand of refrigerator. If your filter is clogged it will cause slow filling or no flowing period. It is suggested that your filter is replaced every 6 months. Changing filters can be challenging. If you have issues, go online and learn the proper process to replace a filter.

One recommendation is to fill the filter with water before installing it. Typically the water filters will take a long time to fill, which could cause you to assume that the water dispenser isn’t working right. You will want to read the directions if all else fails. To ensure it is not air trapped in the water lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser lever for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might also be the source of the issue as well on some refrigerators. If the tank is frozen it will leak onto the food bins. Minimal food in the fresh food bins can cause freezing.