Ice is forming at and around the icemaker unit. therefore, the freezer door is not closing, easily. I don't use the icemaker often, but I do use the water dispenser very often. the refrigerator is about 8 years old. does anyone know what I need to do?
GE had a recall on them. It may still be in effect. I had the same problem and the repairmen came with a new flapper. The flapper was staying open (due to defect), letting warm air in to freezer, causing condensation and ice build up, all of which lead to the door not closing properly. Also, I was unable to get anything other than crushed ice. Stand in front of the dispenser, bend over and look up towards the ice. You should not be able to see anything if the flap closes (other than the flap). Mine was remaining wide open for hours. Hope this helps.
Please watch for plastic shards of the broken dispenser. This is the part under the flap. It is on the outer part of the freezer, just above where you put the glass when filling the glass. It is a cone shaped piece of plastic. Mine has broken into many pieces. You can't see it in the glass as it blends in with ice. The plastic is defective. My shards of plastic look like small Indian arrowheads. They are very sharp. I hope no deaths occurs from this defect.
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Short answer: Because it's cold. It's what freezers do.
The long answer requires you to describe a bit more about what you've got and what is happening. What model freezer do you have? Is it a frost-free, or manual defrost? How old is it? Does it have a built-in icemaker?
1) Your freezer is leaking some water from the ice maker or possibly the through-the-door water connections.
2) Your door gasket is no longer sealing, and humid air is getting in to the freezer, where the water condenses out and falls to the bottom of the freezer, creating ice. Make sure the door closes completely, that nothing stops it from closing, and that the gasket is tight; put a crisp dollar bill between the unit and the door gasket, and see if you can easily slide it around. If so, you need a new gasket.
3) Or, you may have a frost-free model and the hole where the water from the defrost cycle is supposed to drain is clogged. Pull things out of the bottom of the freezer, melt the ice, and see if there's a small hole. If so, make sure it's clear and clean; use a small brush, not anything sharp or abrasive.
Hello, there are three screws that hold the icemaker in place if you remove these three screws and unplug the icemaker and remove it from the unit. After you take the icemaker out take the entire unit with the cover on it and run it under hot hot water this is actually quiet common for an icemaker to freeze up well actually its the parts on the inside of the icemaker that are freezeing up. After you defrost the icemaker as I term it then you would dry the icemaker and reinstall it. when the icemaker reaches 32 degrees the icemaker will call for water once again from the water valve if at this time after the ice forms the unit still doesnt drop the icecubes then you would have no other alternative then to buy another icemaker they usually sell for around 50-90 dollars american. The icemaker is not worth replacing parts on due to if you were to replace parts on the icemaker you would end up spending about 4 times as much as the entire icemaker costs. If you have any further questions message me back and please remember when our chat has fully concluded to rank how this opinion has helped in your appliance situation it allows me to continue helping others in similar situations in the future. Thanks again Rick
when you closed the door, the freezer froze all the condensation/melting ice,hence the icemaker freezing.
the best solution is a TOTAL defrost/clean out,then dry out.DO NOT USE HOT WATER/SCRAPERS,let it defrost naturally or use car de-icer.wipe out with bicarb to keep fresh.and then restart as new.
the water that enters the ice maker is controled by a thing called a solenoid valve (electricaly operated) the" water in door system" is a manual operated valve.. typicaly when the ejector rolls around to put the ice in the tray the solenoid opens lets water in then closes could be solenoid / wireing or controler
check that your flapper on the ice shut through the freezer door is fully closed,
make sure there is no ice forming around your evaporator fan, thats the fan in the freezer, if that gets glogged with ice and is forced to stop, it could blow your entire machine control......
the frost in the freezer leads me to believe you may have a defrost issue
No,what it appears to be isthe evaporator is freezing over and hindering air flow. The water under the ice maker is actually condensation because the ice maker is colder than the cabinet temp. The unit should have an automatic defrost so it appears it is cycleling through yhe defrost. Unless you call out a tech to set the defrost timer, all you can do is unplug it and defrost in its own. Was the door ajar for any period of time? not completely closed? That will also do it because of humidity. The moisture in the air will freeze. The refrigerator side cools from bleed over from the freezer.
The waterinlet valve on the back of the unit where the
water supply comes in can have a slow leak and will cause ice to buildup and
block the fill tube. Disconnect the ice maker line from the valve and watch to
see if it has a slow drip. It doesn’t take much to eventually block the fill tube.
I am not sure if this is the same issue or not. the flap that closes after you have dispensed ice does not close or seal all the way. The gasket is worn down. the result is warm air get up into icemaker and warms ice and refreezes in one block so now the dispenser gets blocked. We had to replace the flap in the door. bought the part at an appliance part store (not sears) they were helpfull and looked up the part needed. Also a sheet of ice forms on the bottom of the freezer. When water is dispensed a small bit drips inside freezer in back and runs down to botom of freezer slowly forming a sheet of ice. Use a hair dryer to defrost and then you must unclog the drain in the back at the bottom of ffreezer to allow it to drian. Once we finally unclogged the drain we have not had any problems for about 2 years.