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How to remove ice/water panel on the outside of the freezer door

How do you remove the ice/water panel on the outside of the freezer door?
I don't want to just pry it off but, can't find screws to remove first.
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    Removal of interior panels in ref area and freezer area.

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Your model number appears to be the same as mine. If you gently pull off the panel marked with the ice/water by placing your fingernails just behind it and pull toward you the plastic panel should come right off. Behind that are the four screws holding the circuit board support to the fridge frame. All I did was pull the four screws, gently removed the wiring harnesses, tilt the plastic holder toward me and remove the two circuit board retainer screws to replace the board. Reversed the process of putting it all together and it worked like a champ.

I hope this helps.

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