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Use a hair dryer to melt all the ice. Then you can loosen the mechanism.

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Makes ice but will not dispense


May have frozen ice blockage. Turn off refrigerator. Take hair dryer and warm up the whole mechanism to melt blockages. Should work or you have something blocking the fingers on the shaft from rotating. You should here it groaning trying to push the ice out.

Sep 29, 2014 | Electrolux EW23BC85KS French Door 22.6 Cu....

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how to remove plastic bag stuck in ice maker


Depends on where the bag is stuck at, just frozen or got wrapped around the cube eject mechanism....if its just frozen then get your hair dryer and melt the ice around it. If it's wound around the mechanism you'll have to remove it from the freezer and after you get it out defrost it and just try and pull the plastic out don't pry on it with anything. Most ice makers are really pretty easy to get out, they just plug into the back of the freezer

Jul 14, 2014 | Kitchen Appliances - Others

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My GE refrigerator Model TBX18SA is draining condenste water at the bottom and also inside.How to get rid of it ?Thanks.


That happened to us on our freezer side by side. Pull out whatever is in the bottom of your freezer, a shelf or a basket. Look on the floor of the freezer toward the back. You should see a small dime or nickle sized hole that may be covered in ice. It should have a cover on it with small holes. Check that nothing is blocking that hole. Something has probably fallen on top of it and has blocked its ability to drain thru the hole into the drain pan under the fridge when the defrost cycle comes on and the melted ice can't drain down properly. We used a hair dryer on low to carefully melt the ice that had formed on the bottom to find the drain. Sure enough a small piece of plastic wrap was blocking it. We removed the plastic and continued with the hair dryer til we could pour water in the hole and it flowed freely to the drain pan and didn't continue to back up into the freezer floor.. Be very careful with the hair dryer, put it on lowest setting and keep it moving back and forth, don't hold in one place, or it could melt or warp the plastic sides of the fridge. When the hair dryer is on low, put your hand about a foot in front of it and it should feel warm not hot. Move your hand forward til you feel the air is just warm, this is the distance you want to keep it from the ice you are melting. As the ice melts use a small towel to mop up the melted ice as you go. Good luck

Aug 03, 2010 | GE J Series 18.2 cu. ft. Top Freezer...

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My Model ED5HHAXVQO2 REFRIGERATOR IS NOT COOLING. THE FREEZER IS NOT FREEZING BUT IT SEEMS TO BE BUILDING UP FROST.


Sounds like your auto defrost is not running long enough to melt the ice that develops on the coils. You can easily fix this problem by using a hair dryer and removing the back panel in the freezing unit to reveal the coils. Once this panel is out use the hair dryer to melt the ice. Once the ice is cleared this should restore air flow across the coils. Hope this helps. Good luck.

Aug 11, 2009 | Whirlpool 25.6 cu. ft. Side-by-Side...

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How to thaw a frozen ice maker?


f your icemaker has frozen up, here's how to thaw it:
1) Unplug the refrigerator.

2) Remove the ice bin and any loose ice from the icemaker.






3) Find the fill tube, the white rubber-like hose that delivers the water into the icemaker.
4) Pull the small metal clip off the housing that holds the fill tube down (not all icemakers have this clip).

5) Warm the hose and surrounding mechanism. To do this, you can train a hair dryer on the icemaker to melt any ice blocking the mechanism.

Sop up dripping water with a rag. Be very careful when using the hair dryer near water, and do not stand in a puddle of water; there is a serious risk of electrical shock.

Also be careful not to melt the plastic parts. If you don't want to use a hair dryer, you can soak the supply tubing with hot water, using a turkey baster and catching the overflow in the empty icemaker bin. In some cases, it may be easier to remove the icemaker to thaw out the fill tube. 

As a rule, refrigerators are the most dependable of all large appliances. Even so, they do fail to do their jobs adequately on occasion, and when they do, the results can be disastrous because expensive food can spoil in a hurry.

Though most problems call for a repairperson, there are a few simple repairs you can handle yourself by checking the power, controls, condenser coils, and other parts outside of your refrigerator's sealed, hermetic system.

Remember that the best way to lengthen the life of a refrigerator is to clean the condenser coils once a year—or more frequently if they get dirty.

Jun 28, 2009 | KitchenAid Superba KSRG25FK Side by Side...

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