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Icemaker - flap won't open, cubes collect in chute

Ice maker has worked perfectly until 2 days ago. Now, when a cup is placed against the lever to dispense ice, you can hear the ice fall thru the chute... but instead of the flap opening and allowing cubes to fall into the cup, the flap stays closed and the cubes collect on top of it.

I opened the freezer door and you can see ice cubes that were dispensed sitting in the chute on top of the flap. I can reach thru the ice and push the flap open, the ice will fall into my cup, and the flap will spring back to closed position. But for some reason the flap is no longer opening freely on its own.

I always thought the flap opened simply from the pressure of ice cubes falling against it. But now I am led me to believe that this flap is controlled by some kind of mechanism - but I have no idea what that mechanism is. Is there a switch or something connected to the flap? I have only a limited view of the flap from either side of the freezer door.

What controls the flap and can it be fixed?

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  • majorwest Nov 21, 2008

    I took out the drip tray to get a look inside. I can see the actuator arm you are talking about - it has a white plastic piece that engages a metal bar on the door. Is this actuator controlled electronically in response to the paddle being pushed? Or is it just friction driven?


  • majorwest Nov 21, 2008

    Thanks. I'll investigate further.

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    carl_donovan Aug 08, 2012

    Hi, I have this exact same problem but with a Leisure HJA6100 Fridge Freezer. Any help/solution would be gratefully received as it's driving us nuts in the warm weather! :) Thanks in advance...



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The actuating paddle that you are depressing to dispense ice actually pushes the door open at the top of the dispensor, soundsas if thered an issue withthe actuator arm

Posted on Nov 20, 2008

  • Ron Coons
    Ron Coons Nov 21, 2008

    diagram not reall clear, but the door flap def opens manually( from pushing actuator)it is then closed slowly by either a damper motor or a step motor, to prevent fast close.if you remove the lower drip tray from the dispenser, there is 2 phillips screws under holdong front on,you can get a better look as to whats preventing operation



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