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GE Icemaker flap door won't open causes ice jam in chute

I have a GE Profile ice maker (1994) TPH22 series. Ice make works fine and sends ice down the chute. The flap door doesn't open and causes ice to jam up in the chute. Any ideas? The flap dood is on a spring assembly...I cleaned the door and checked for blockage, sticking and could not see anything. Thanks Paul

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  • paulb87 Oct 02, 2007

    Any particular trick to taking dispenser off from the front? Looks like it snaps in?

  • paulb87 Oct 02, 2007

    Thanks Atugot...I've ordered a solenoid from GE for $38.. I can see the solenoid but cant test it. Is the control module, the sensor that turns on the dispenser? The selector switch works, the sensor works...everything but the flap door. At any rate I really appreciate your help and figure for $38 its worth a try!

  • paulb87 Oct 04, 2007

    Super. Thanks alot Watugot! I'll try and keep me shorts dry!

  • paulb87 Oct 06, 2007

    Hi Watugot
    I replaced the solenoid with a new one and the door still doesn't open (no power??)The lights and switches on the module still work. Is it possible that the old solenoid fried the part of the module that operates the solenoid?
    Will the new solenoid that I just installed be damaged by the module (control board?) if the board is toast?
    Thanks Again

  • paulb87 Oct 06, 2007

    LOL...Your the best Watugot!
    You're right tho I'm getting real good at re&re this sucker! I've already told her that this is much cheaper than calling the repairman. I told her I have saved hundreds.... phewwwwww!!
    Looks like that solenoid was real bad!!
    I'll keep ya posted...found a module for $40 on the net.
    Paul aka "The Fixer"

  • paulb87 Oct 23, 2007

    replaced the module and viola!!! Works like new!!!

  • paulb87 Oct 24, 2007

    Thanks again Mike... if u need any help on the PC... drop me a line

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    the flap on the ice make in the door keeps opening and closing, fridge not cooling

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    need part number for flap door to icemaker- model # GL429570

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    icemaker on ge tfx25jr does not make ice



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Thanks again Watugot

I’m just waiting for my module…..I love the fishing line solution! Hmmmm maybe theres an application for duct tape?????

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There is an electric solenoid that opens the door. If you look up inside the dispenser you can see the solenoid. Either the solenoid is bad or the dispenser module that puts power to it is out. You will need to remove dispenser front and check for voltage to solenoid. If you have power from module, replace solenoid, if no power, replace both parts. It is common for solenoid to short out and damage the module so that both must be replaced. If solenoid is shorted and you replace module, new part will fry.

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    Michael Lindley Oct 03, 2007

    What I call the module is the control board. The switch is part of it. You will see how it works when you replace solenoid. If memory serves, the front snaps off and there are 4 screws holding control assy. The button cover that you press to actuate dispenser will pop off also. I usually work on these with the door open, this turns off power to dispenser. You can also unplug the wires to it, either under hinge cover at top of door or behind kick plate at bottom of door. I suggest you unplug it, there's not much worse than accidently hitting switch and getting cold water sprayed down your pants.

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    Michael Lindley Oct 06, 2007

    Yes, I expect the board is shot. The new solenoid will be fine. You will be an expert by the time you get this fixed, but you can replace both parts cheaper than paying a tech to come out and replace one. Look inside the old solenoid and see if there is a slight swelling in the plastic. If so it is shot anyway. If there isn't, tell your wife there is anyway and act like you know exactly what your doing.

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    Michael Lindley Oct 12, 2007

    Just had to let you know that if module does't solve your problem I found another solution.

    I went on a service call today that had the same problem. The lady said it had not worked in over a year. Instead of repairing it, her husband had drilled a small hole at top of dispenser, tied a fishing line to the door and put it through the hole with a plastic ring on the outside. When you wanted ice, you pulled the string and put your glass against the button. It worked great but his wife said she was tired of being embarrased when company came so she wanted it fixed.

    I wish I could have met the man but he was gone to work. Anybody that could think of that, AND get his wife to go along with it for a year is my hero. Wish I could get his autograph.

  • Michael  Lindley
    Michael Lindley Oct 18, 2007


     just checking to see if you got fridge fixed.


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    Michael Lindley Oct 23, 2007

    Great! You are the hero now.

    Thanks for the advice about Windows ME. I have run in to that before. It isn't on my computer, we have XP on ours. I was trying to salvage one for a family member. I was able to go into the harddrive and salvage the documents and pictures and she is getting a newer computer. I have a copy of windows 2000 PRO I am going to load on it and give it to a kid that doesn't have one. This will be the third one I have done that way. I am sure microsoft doesn't like it, but they are the ones that sold the sorry ME system so it doesn't bother my conscience a bit.

    Take care and good luck.



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