Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

broken refrigerator water dispenser

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If so, you can try to solve the problem on your own or call Triumph Thornton Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Thornton, Colorado.

There are a lot of reasons for the water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the suggestions might sound a bit crazy. However, something as obvious as a power switch on the refrigerator has been the culprit before. Be sure to check the obvious potential issues before moving forward with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s start to tackle this appliance repair problem and see all of the solutions we can cite for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

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

New Refrigerator Installation Issues

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

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that didn’t have an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a possibility that you do not have a water line running to this area of the kitchen. Most of the time a water line is commonly run from under the house either in a basement or crawl space. You can purchase this line at just about any hardware store and they are pretty simple for the typical homeowner to install. Typically they have come with a built-in 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 lined up with the hose. And, is water running through the pipe you have installed to connect the water line? Obvious and common questions, but things that need to be confirmed.

If you had to remove the refrigerator doors during installation the water dispenser isn’t plugged in. Read the owner’s manual to see the wire harness for the particular refrigerator. Ensure that it’s plugged into the refrigerator.

If the water is connected, most of the time there’s air in it. So, lifting and lowering the water dispenser control to get the air out is needed.
Filter Problems

On some household models, there are different filters. These filters can “expire”, become clogged or freeze. All filters are dependent on your style and type of refrigerator. If the filter is clogged it might cause slow filling or no flowing. It is suggested that your filter be replaced every 6 months. Changing filters can be challenging. If you have issues, go online or call us and find the proper method to change a filter.

One recommendation is to fill up the filter with water before installing it. Typically the water filters will need a long time to fill up, which might lead you to believe the water dispenser on the refrigerator is not working right. You will want to read the owner’s manual if nothing is working. To ensure it is not air caught in the lines, we recommend to 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 begin to leak onto the fresh food bins. Small amounts of food inside of the fresh food bins might cause freezing.