Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If so, you can attempt to repair the problem by yourself or call Lawton Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Lawton, Oklahoma.

There are many reasons for a water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the suggestions might sound a bit crazy. However, something as simple as an off switch on the refrigerator has been the culprit in the past. Be sure to review 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 cite for a broken water dispenser.

The reason for a broken water dispenser is usually either an installation error, a filter problem or frozen water lines:

Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just purchased 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 home’s water line. That might be the reason for the problem.

If the brand new refrigerator is replacing a prior refrigerator that did not feature a water dispenser or ice maker, there’s a chance that you don’t have a functioning water line running to this area. Most of the time a water line is usually run from underneath the house either in a crawl space or basement. You can buy this line at almost any home repair store and they’re pretty simple for the typical homeowner to install. Usually they have a a built-in 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 is a connected water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle needs to be lined up with the hose. And, is there water going through the pipe you have used to connect the water line? Obvious and questions, but items that have to be accounted for.

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

Once the water line is hooked up, most of the time there’s air in the line. So, lifting and lowering the water dispenser lever to get the air out of it is necessary.
Filter Problems

On some of the popular refrigerators, there are different filters. These filters might “expire”, clog or become frozen. All filters are dependent on your style and brand of refrigerator. If your filter is clogged it will cause slow filling or no flowing. It’s suggested that your filter is replaced every 6 months. Replacing filters in a refrigerator can be challenging. If you have hiccups, go online or call us and find the proper process to change a filter.

One recommendation is to fill the filter with water prior to installation. A lot of time the water filters can need a long time to fill, which might lead you to assume that the water dispenser on the refrigerator is not working right. You will want to read the directions if all else fails. To ensure it’s not air caught in the water lines, depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

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