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Re: White residue on the tray of the refrigerator water...
You need to install an inline water softener or Reverse osmosis unit. Your water has too much lime and so cleaning the dispenser would not make any difference as it will just happen again. Get the source of the problem sorted.
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when tray is dry use isopropyl alcohol in a universal spray bottle, let it set for about 30 seconds and then wash off. Heavy caked areas may need a dish brush to dislodge, but should release the mineral build up.
when you dispense ice or water, you are allowing the drip tray to overfill and the water builds underneath the tray until the water reaches the point were it will leak down the front of the door. the water will rust the panel beyond repair. you will have to replace the whole door at this point. hope this helps.
Most "new" fridges with water dispensers and ice instruct the consumer in there manuals to "bleed" the reservoir by running a couple of large pictures of water thru it. I usually recommend dumping the first few harvest's of ice as well (I believe this is also mentioned in most manuals too). once that is done the water should be fine as any contaminants in the system/reservoir should be gone. you may try changing the filter after this, but it shouldn't be necessary. most ice makers do not have there supply water travel thru the water dispenser reservoir however. the water filling the ice tray should have no baring on the water you dispense into a glass to consume.
remove back panel inside freezer. you will see a tray at the bottom with a drain hole in the middle and this is blocked with ice. melt ice off with a hairdryer and follow up with hot water till water flows away freely
check to make sure there is water or ice in your ice maker tray. If none then problem is usually a water supply issue to the ice maker. Behind the frig are the water supply inlet valves. One is for the water dispenser in the door. THe other is for the ice maker. However when one goes bad they both are replaced as one unit. Also Check position of fingers in ice maker. If not in a vertical position
then try to reset the ice maker unit and worse comes to worse, replace
it with a new one.
i had same exact problem, i search over and over for solution. I even change the auger moter.
here is the solution for this particular problem.....
with the fridge door closed, remove bottom catch tray under ice dispenser revealing two screws, take off screws and slide front trim up to remove, you will have to unplug switch on trim to fully remove, look in top right corner there is black switch the will most likely be loose, this switch is your problem, mine was basically dislodged and the ice dispenser lever was not making contact, i simply zipped tied and siliconed the switch back to its respective place. if yours is making a good connection then the switch its self must be bad, you can test the switch by using the switch from water dispenser side...
clean the dispensor assy around the spring door hinge witha vinegar water solution . liquid detergent has a tendency to not fully break if your water is not hot enough, causes doors to stick, reccomend running hot water before starting d/w, and using a quailty powder( not tabs) detergent