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Not making ice!

Ice maker not filling up storage bucket.Tray is full of ice but won't drop into storage . Also on the right side there is a red light that blinks twice and a pause then two more blinks. The drinking water seems to be find. Thanx marty

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Try removing it and let the ice thaw. The mechanism for the rake to push out the ice can freeze up.

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