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On the front of the machine on both sides the dispensing handle there are large thumb screws (I believe 2 on your unit). Empty the product from the machine then turn the thumb screws to the left to take them off. The screws hold the face plate on the front of your machine. You will then be able to remove the face plate from the front of the unit. The beater will be in the freezing cylinder behind the face plate. You will be able to just pull it out.
I don't think you have a problem... I have a Taylor 8756p-27. In standby mode with my unit the beater motor turns on for about 15 seconds every 15 minutes and the compressor turns on as needed to keep the mix at a safe temperature. This is what standby mode is supposed to do. If you don't want it to turn on and off so much in standby mode, perhaps leave it in AUTO mode and it will turn off and on as it needs to to keep your product at the proper temperature.
It is not normal for the paddle not to move in these units. First we have to determine weather the paddle is striped or the gear is stripped. At the bottom of the paddle there is a hole that attaches to the turning gear on the machine. Look and see if it still matches the sprocket in the bottom of the ice cream maker. If it does not still match I would suggest buying a new paddle. You can purchase a new paddle from Cuisinart for $8.00 and here is a link to the page. http://www.cuisinart.com/parts/ice_cream/ice-20.html
However, if it is not the paddle please post back to this thread and I will see if it is worth changing out the bottom gear.
My friend bought this item last week at Target for the $99 sale price. The reviews were all horrible about the red light (add water) indicator going on after the first or several first ice cube runs and never going out. About 40 out of 60 reviewers had this problem. We experienced it right after the first run when the ice cube full light went on. We emptied it and the add water red light was on. I looked all over the web for a solution and only found one that suggested tilting the unit backwards for 45 degrees and that would magically reset the light. It did not after several angles, light taps and basic shaking. Since there was no alternative and everyone who returned it also got the exact same problem with the new replaced model - we decided to open it up and investigate.
The electronics diagram is on the back of the machine and tell you where the water indicator is. We took it out (an inch long black tube along the water pump and backflow valve) and dried it completely. The cycle still had the red light. We submerged it completely in water and the red light still went on saying that the unit needs water. We determined that this is the bad part and the water indicator is faulty. We cut it out and joined the two wires. IT ALL WORKS NOW FLAWLESSLY. You only have to shut the unit off when you leave since it will ocntinue to run if out of water. If you're looking for a quick mechanical fix and have a unit that works when you need it and you are around - this isthe fix.