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I can't get the burned out bulb out of its socket in the front of the door ice-maker.

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If its broken into the socket --- unplug the frig and either use a pair of needle nose pliers or you can use a potatoe to remove it

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The light in the fridge compartment....it is not the bulb. How do I remove the light housing......I found and removed the front screw but cannot disengage the rear part of the fitting.


Hi and welcome to FixYa. I am Kelly. It is difficult to answer your question without a model number because there are several types of light sockets in use. The majority of the sockets can simply be rotated 90 degrees and removed. Others have a locking tab that needs to be unlatched.
Before trying to rotate the light (expecially in the freezer compartment) make sure there is no ice build up around the socket. If there is ice.. use a hand held hair dryer or vacuum exhaust for an extended period to remove the ice first. If you still can not get it loose respond with a model number and I will look up the light socket to see where the locking tabs are. (Most of the time only one side has the lock tab and the other side is rotated up to remove it.)

Having said all of the above... I doubt the light socket is bad. Most light problems that persist after a bulb change are directly related to the door switch. Unplug the unit first then remove the light switch by sliding a thin knife blade on the side of the switch unlock the tab(s). The freezer light switch only has one tab while the fresh food compartment switch has two. Make a jumper for the 2 wires with an insulated wire and momentaily plug the unit in to check for a light. If you have a light the switch is bad. As for the freezer switch it has 3 wires you will need to look at the switch. It has 3 markings C, NO and NC. You will need to jumper from C to NC to get the light to work if the switch has failed. As long as one end of the jumper is on C you will not hurt anything if you jumper the wires incorrectly. One of the terminals powers the ice maker door closed (if you have an ice maker) and the other powers the light door open.

I think you have a door switch problem vs a light socket problem.

Here is a little about my experience:
http://blog.fixya.com/index.php/2010/05/award-winning-service

If you need more assistance / have any questions fee free to respond to this post.
Thanks for choosing FixYa, Kelly

Jul 13, 2011 | Refrigerators

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I've got a Whirlpool side by side refrigerator that is about 7 years old. The freezer side works, the frige side works, and the ice maker is making ice. The front door ice and water dispensor isnt working...


That will take a few test to determine which is the most likely. Most times it is a loose connection in wiring harness as it goes from cabinet to door or the freezer light switch is defective. When you open door to freezer all of the fountain and ice maker power is disconnected for safety reasons. If the switch is defective when door is shut then these are acting as a lockout. But you just said ice maker works so we are back to a bad connection or the LV (Low Voltage)board itself. This will take someone with a multi meter and follow through with me and wiring from the tech. sheet. I will try to make a wiring diagram for you to follow here. Thanks, Sea Breeze

Jan 19, 2011 | Whirlpool GD2SHGX Refrigerator

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I have a side by side with ice/water dispenser on the freezer side of the door. a couple of months ago the ice maker stopped working and just today the water stopped coming out the dispenser and none of...


1light not work , may lightbuld loose in the socket , or door switch
2 ice maker not work? may the ice maker arm shut-off. sut-off arm to be on(sure be down position)
3 is the ice maker switch in the off positio ( on some models)
4 is the freezer door not closed completely ? if it will not shut all the way,push the door firmly shut for the water dispenser poblem
5 check water filter. or water valve clogged or bad? replace them if necessary
good uck

Jan 11, 2011 | Whirlpool Refrigerators

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The light for the ice and water dispenser in freezer door no longer works. The bulb is not burned out and the on/off switch sounds and feels like it is working. Ideas?


Either the switch is bad, or there is a broken wire or fautly relay. You can test bulb socket with a voltmeter and you can test the switch with an ohmmeter to see if it is good.

Nov 12, 2009 | KitchenAid KSCS25FKSS Side by Side...

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Profile ice maker stopped making ice


ice maker for ge profile wont' make ice.Unplugged elect supply from both waterin the door coil and ice maker coil.Plugged water in the door elect to ice maker valve coil and pressed water in the door input sw out front and got water to ice maker so this let me know it wasn't the solonoid valve.Got another ice maker unit plugged in and mounted waited several days still no ice.

Sep 27, 2009 | GE Profile PSW26P Stainless Steel Side by...

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Ice Dispenser clogged with frozen ice


I have the same problem. Found this posting:

http://www.applianceblog.com/mainforums/sears-kenmore/10491-kenmore-ice-maker-dispenser-door-shute-clogging-missing-heating-element.html

Maybe our heater is not working?


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Water dispenser on front of refrigerator door does not dispense water. Ice Cube maker continues to make ice cubes. Defrosting doesn't fix problem.


Water dispensing solenoid is bad. You need to replace the solenoid valve. This typically is independent of the ice maker.

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Amana 22 side-by-side refrigerator, freezer door opens slightly


There are three possibilities to this problem:

1. Door seal which should be magnetic is faulty.
2. Ice maker caddy (container) has not socketed properly into ice maker rear drive tang.
3. Door stay closed plastic hing pieces are damaged. These are tapered pieces that fit in hinge area that allow door weight to help close and hold door. Some are black in color and some are white. As far as I know they are interchangeable.

Jul 17, 2008 | Amana 22.6 cu. ft. Side-By-Side...

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GE Profile Refrigerator will not dispense ice.


see http://applianceguru.com/view_topic.php?id=13243&forum_id=1&jump_to=76889

Feb 21, 2008 | GE GSL25JFPBS Side by Side Refrigerator

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GE 23.5 CU FT side by side w/ice maker and water in the door.


replace the dispenser control under the front panel on the freezer door if need detaild instuction after receiving parts reply to me

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