Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

broken refrigerator water dispenser

Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator not working? If so, you can attempt to solve the issue by yourself or call Miller Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair CITY, STATE.

There are a lot of reasons for a water dispenser in a refrigerator to not work. Again, some of the suggestions might sound a little strange. However, something as obvious as a power switch on the refrigerator has been the culprit before. Be sure to inspect the obvious potential problems prior to proceeding with refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to tackle this appliance repair problem and see all of the causes we can reference for a broken water dispenser.

The reason for a water dispenser not working is typically an installation error, a filter problem or frozen water tubes:

New Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just bought a brand new refrigerator with a water dispenser, but it is broken. The water dispenser must be connected to the water line. That might be the issue.

If your new refrigerator is replacing an older refrigerator that did not have a water dispenser or ice maker, there’s a chance that you do not have a functioning water line running to this area of the kitchen. A water line is typically run from under the house either in a basement or crawl space. You can acquire this line at just about any home repair store and they are pretty simple for even the average homeowner to install. Typically they have a a water shut-off valve, which is important so that if you should need to relocate the refrigerator, you can turn off the water.

If you have an attached water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle must be lined up with the hose. And, is there water running through the pipe that you have installed to connect the water line? Simple and basic questions, but items that need to be confirmed.

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

When the water is hooked up, most of the time there is air in it. So, engaging and disengaging the dispenser lever on the refrigerator to get the air out is necessary.
Filter Problems

On some of the household models, there are various filters. These filters might “expire”, become clogged or become frozen. All filters are based on your style and brand of refrigerator. If your filter is clogged it can cause slow filling or no flowing at all. It’s suggested that your filter is changed every 6 months. Changing filters in a refrigerator can be difficult. If you run into hiccups, go online and learn the right method to change a filter.

One idea is to fill up the filter with water prior to installing it. Typically the water filters will need a long time to fill up, which could cause you to think the water dispenser is not working. You should read the owner’s manual if nothing is working. To be sure it’s not air caught in the lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser arm for around 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might also be the reason for the issue as well on some models. If the tank freezes it will begin to leak onto the fresh food bins. Limited food in the fresh food bins can cause freezing to happen.


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