Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?


image of refrigerator water dispenserIs the water dispenser on your refrigerator not working? If so, you can try to solve the problem by yourself or call Same-Day Skokie Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair Skokie, Illinois.

There are many reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to stop working. Again, some of the suggestions might sound a little strange. However, something as obvious as a power switch has been the reason before. Be sure to check the more obvious potential issues before proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s start to tackle this appliance repair problem and see what causes we can cite for a broken water dispenser on a refrigerator.

The cause of a water dispenser not dispensing is usually either an installation error, a filter issue or frozen water lines:

Refrigerator Installation Problems

You just bought a new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it’s not working. The water dispenser has to be hooked up to the home’s water line. That might be the reason for the issue.

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing an older refrigerator that didn’t feature an ice maker or water dispenser, there’s a chance that you don’t have a water line near this area of the kitchen. A water line is typically run from underneath the home either in a crawl space or basement. You can purchase this line at almost any home repair store and they’re pretty simple for even the typical homeowner to install. Typically they have a a built-in water shut-off valve, which is important 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 on? The valve handle needs to be lined up with the hose. And, is there water going through the pipe that you have used to connect the water line? Obvious and questions, but items that need to be confirmed.

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

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

On some popular refrigerators, there are different filters. These filters can “expire”, clog or freeze. All filters are based on your model and type of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it will cause slow filling or no flowing. It’s recommended that your filter be changed every 6 months. Replacing filters can be challenging. If you have issues, go online or call us and learn the proper process to change a filter.

One suggestion is to fill the filter with water prior to installation. Typically the water filters can take a long time to fill, which could lead you to think 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 start to leak onto the fresh food bins. Small amounts of food in the fresh food bins could cause freezing to happen.