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Ice maker problems

I changed the water filter on my fridge and failed to turn the water back on when finished. It stayed off till the next day and by the time I discovered it and turned it back on, no water would run into the ice maker. I tried using a hair dryer to thaw any water that might have frozed inside the maker but so far no luck....any ideas??

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Put some water into the icemaker so that it will sense it then let it maker and harvest the ice,, should work from there on.

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