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Hot house,, effect on freezer temperature

My Mom keeps her house at 76-80 degrees in the winter. She tapes up every door and window so ther is no cold air coming in except when someone comes in to visit.
She has a one year old side by side fridge.
She complains that the icemaker "freezes up". and wont dispense ice.
My observation is ice frozen to the mechanism at the front sispenser hole.
She refuses to change the factory setting on the dials , saying that is what the manufacturer says to set the dials ,, no exceptions.
Temperature in the freezer when I check with thermometer is higher by about 5-10 degrees recommended freezer temp and fridge is at least 5-8 degrees above recommended food storage temp.
She refuses to change the setting stating that those setting are what she is supposed to use as set by the manufacturer.
I believe that the ice freezes to the blades in the front dispenser because the room is so hot! Therefore, no ice can come out of the hole.

How can I remedy this?
Thanks!

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Cork....this is interesting. First, I'm going to suggest that you remove all the ice from the unit and clean it. Use a hair dryer to melt the ice and then make it dry. Reassemble. Many of these units allow you to remove the ice maker bucket. Don't forget to clean that up. There is a way on many of these units to turn off the ice maker...If you leave it too full, the defrost cycles will melt the ice together causing your problem. On my Kenmore, I keep the bucket about half full. Generally, the preset temp should be 40 in the fridge and 5-10 in the freezer. If either of these is warmer, you have shorter food life. By the way...Mom will feel warmer if she has a humidifier in the house. Get the cold vapor type.

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