The plastic paddle arm that I depress in order for water to be dispensed has broken off. There is just enough of the arm left that I can press it to work, but it is not convenient. Is there a way to replace that arm?
I just fixed this today. 01/2/08 First, I got some super glue from Lowesespecially designed for plastics. I first glued some metal strips to the back or the broken off lever, so it will have extra support once glued back. I then applied glue to the broken surface of the lever arm and the support arms I glued earlier. Super glue it awesome, just had to hold it in place for 1 minute, then let it cure for a few hours... working good as new. I'm glad this worked for me, as I did not want to have to search for the part and then worry about taking the refrigerator apart. After repair, I had to educate my wife on how to slam a cup into the arm HEHE.
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On the bottom of the bezel around the dispenser you will find 2 very thin slots. You push in a flat blade pocket screw driver and pry it up then lift the bezel up and off. Now look at the switch. It should have one mounting screw and a plastic pin sticking through the other mounting hole in the switch body. I'll bet that pin is broken and the switch is not making contact with the dispenser paddle. If it is broken you'll have to order that back plate . there may be nothing wrong with the switch. If the plastic pin is there, then the switch is indeed bad.
I understand you want to know how to replace the water dispenser paddle in your Electrolux refrigerator, model# E23CS786SS1. Typically, this is not a di it yourself repair, as there are no step by step instruction manuals. I suggest contacting your local authorized technician for further assistance. They have been trained on your appliance and should be able to replace the dispenser paddle with ease. Hope this is helpful.
All of you guys are wrong. What that person is saying is that the physical paddle used when you place your glass in the dispenser bay and press against the paddle....That's what's broken the paddle......
The problem is actually in the dispenser lever. The paddle that you press to dispense ice has a plastic lever/arm that extends behind it (you can't see it, it's up high in the assembly.) This plastic lever presses upwards when you push the paddle and presses into a switch. The switch actuates the ice. This little lever is also the ONLY thing that stops the paddle from continuing to press into the water paddle. So when the lever breaks, it creates your two symptoms - no ice and if you press further, you press the water switch and get water.
You need part# DA97-08519A. This is the lever assembly with the switches. You pry the control panel assembly (the whole digital display above the water/ice dispenser) out by inserting a slim pry bar (I used a pocket knife and didn't damage the finish) on one side and working my way around. The assembly is held in place by five plastic tabs (two on each side and one on the top.) When this is removed, the part# above will be obvious.
Welcome to the computer world. When depressed, the paddle actuates a switch attached to the bracket above. The switch sends a low voltage signal to a small circuit board mouted right behind the display. A computer chip on that small board communicates with another chip on the main control board mounted in the rear wall. Your situation could be a bad actuator switch, a broken paddle tab, possibly a bad door switch (the fresh food doors must be closed to dispense), or a bad electronic control.
listen closely when depressing the arm can you hear a switch being activated?? does the light come on when arm is depressed, if no to eitherr sounds like a faulty microswitch behind the dispenser if you do hear hte switch adn the light does come on then go to the back of unit and disconnect the plastic tubing leading to the dispenser the larger of the 2 plastichoses, place a cup under hte valve and depress the arm now(this way we eleminate the frozen of clogged hose. if still no water id say you have abad water valve( whoile back there you can also disconnect the wire leading to the water valve solenoid and check that for proper 110v when depressed.) if you got voltage andstill no water you def have a bad valve