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I have a GE Profile Side by side that is working fine except the ice maker won't dump the frozen ice cubes in the tray. Another party in the house decided it would be a good idea to put water in the tray manually. Now it seems overly full and frozen to the point that the arms aren't turning out the ice. Any ideas? It started by not filling the hopper. I haven't checked to see if the model listed is the exact model or not, but its close.

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The ice maker is basically frozen. There are two fixes for this condition. If you can transfer all of the food out to another appliance you can unplug and open the doors and let it completely defrost on its own.

the other method is to use a blow dryer. When you have completely defrosted the ice maker and thoroughly dryed it spray the ice cube tray with pam cooking spray which will act as a lubricant. When you are ready to make ice again expect the ice maker to take about 24 hours before the first batch of ice cubes are ejected.

Posted on Jun 16, 2009

  • Liza J Aug 27, 2010

    1) How long does it take to defrost the ice maker with the blow dryer and 2) do I focus the warm air to a particular area of the ice maker or all over?
    Thanks

  • notjoe Aug 12, 2011

    Why not just remove the ice maker from the freezer? Much easier and less mess.

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