8 Tips To Fix A Refrigerator Dispenser Not Working









French door refrigerator dispenser not working. Water and ice does not dispense or drop from the fridge dispenser. How to fix a refrigerator that will not dispense properly. There are certain areas and parts in the refrigerator that need to be inspected to troubleshoot the problem. Below is a list with all the parts and components that can cause a refrigerator dispenser to not work. Follow the list to find out what part is causing the refrigerator to not dispense either ice or water.

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SAFETY NOTE: Remember to always unplug the refrigerator and use caution when troubleshooting or fixing components on a refrigerator.

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Here are the parts and components that need to be inspected to fix a refrigerator water or ice dispenser that is not working.





1 – Micro Switch On Dispenser Lever Faulty

The micro switch that controls dispensing can crack, fall off the frame, or become faulty (no continuity). – Test with meter for continuity (be sure to press the switch when checking for continuity). – Check to see if it fell off the frame and it is not in the correct position. – Inspect to see if switch is cracked or burnt. Replace the Micro Switch On Dispenser Lever if faulty.

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2 – Refrigerator Door Switch Faulty

The door switch “closes” when the refrigerator door is shut, it can crack or become faulty (no continuity). – Check to see if switch is cracked or burnt. – Test with meter for continuity (be sure to press the switch when checking for continuity). – Inspect to see if it fell off the frame and not in the proper position. Replace the Refrigerator Door Switch if found to be not working as designed.

3 – Dispenser Control Board Faulty

The dispenser control board controls the water and ice and the display, it can become faulty over time. – Check for any burns on the circuit board. – Inspect the board for signs of a short such as a popped capacitor or other issue. Replace the Dispenser Control Board if found to be the issue.

4 – Water Inlet Valve Faulty

The water inlet valve supplies water to the refrigerator and can be faulty either mechanically or electrically. – Test solenoid valve coils with meter for continuity. – Check if the valve is clogged, if so remove clog and inspect valve for other issues. Replace the Water Inlet Valve if found to be not in working order.

5 – Internal Wiring Issues

The wiring and wiring harnesses within the refrigerator may have an issue. – Check in the refrigerator for disconnected wire harnesses. – Inspect for loose wiring within the fridge and reconnect if found. – Look for any sign of faulty wiring by looking for burned or cut wire harnesses. Replace any wiring that you find to be faulty or damaged.

6 – Low Water Pressure

Water pressure going to a refrigerator must be 20 PSi minimum. – Check the water line to see if the water coming from the wall has proper pressure. – Inspect the water supply valve to be sure it is not clogged or has low pressure. Fix any water supply issues to solve any problems with the refrigerator.





7 – Waterline or Water Tube Frozen

Water tubes within the refrigerator may be frozen and cause a water supply issue. – Check water to ice maker to see if the water line is frozen. – Inspect for a bad valve or low water pressure to the fridge. Find the Frozen Water Tube or line and heat it with a hair dryer to defrost the water lines or tubes.

8 – Main Control Board Faulty

The main control board controls the complete refrigerator, it can become faulty over time. – Check for any burns on the circuit board. – Inspect the board for signs of a short such as a popped capacitor or other issue. Replace the Main Control Board if found to be the issue. MORE HELPFUL TIPS: The videos below show how to troubleshoot a refrigerator with a faulty dispenser. These videos show exactly how to troubleshoot and replace any parts that may be faulty in any refrigerator. When you troubleshoot your fridge and find the part that has become faulty, here are many different refrigerator dispenser parts to repair a refrigerator that has a broken dispenser.


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The Refrigerator Dispenser Is Not Working repair method will work on all models and brands of refrigerators including Frigidaire, GE, HAIER, Kenmore, LG, Maytag, Samsung, and Whirlpool refrigerators.

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If after checking all the parts above you still have an issue, please leave a comment below with your refrigerator model number and we will be happy to assist and troubleshoot the issue for you.

ALLEN VETTER - DIY Repair Assistant
Allen is a Home Maintenance/Appliance tech and the author/creator of this website. He has 30 years of experience troubleshooting and repairing all types of machinery. Contact him here



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