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Whirlpool ice door flap pivot pin tab broken

I read in a previous thread that you had a kit that would repair this without having to replace the ENTIRE DOOR. I tried to look you up on Ebay without any success. Is there anything still available?

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  • hhummel43 Aug 12, 2008

    Kenmore 106.54536400 same as Whirlpool side by side pin retainer is broken off of ice
    maker dispenser housing. It holds the door flapper for the ice
    dispensor. The repair guy says that I have to replace the WHOLE FREEZER DOOR, because of this tiny little plastic pin retainer.

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I have a Whirlpool side by side, model GC3SHEXNT03 that had the plastic hook that holds the ice door pivot pin. While we can question why they make it out of plastic given the number of posts I've seen with people having the same fear that I had....Replacing the whole darn door to fix 1 little piece of molded plastic. I found some posts about an Ice Door Repair kit, but wasn't sure if it would fix my issue. Luckily I live about 8 miles from the RepairClinic.com warehouse in Michigan, so I went to talk to them to see. Nothing in the discussion was definative, but the have a 30 day return policy so I bought the kit for $74 (ouch!) and it worked beautifully. I have an ice dispenser once again. I know what some of you may be thinking...I work for them....Nope, I'm a computer techie that HATES paying repairmen!! And I'm posting this in the hopes of saving someone the 2 weeks of Googleing that I did trying to find a solution, short of replacing the door. Here is the link to the kit, I hope it helps somebody out there.... http://www.repairclinic.com/Appliance-Parts?s=t-8201756-%3d%3d should be Item #1164531

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The Whirlpool Ice Door Kit 8201756 kit works. It may not look like it, but the big metal bracket fits neatly into the top of the cavity, and works to hold a new door flapper (provided).
It attaches using a bunch of heavy-duty double-stick tape mounted on the top and on the back, and by attaching a small support bracket to an existing screw.
The only hard part is removing the front plate (#21). It's held onto the dispenser body (#1) by four tabs on the panel itself, two at the very top and two at the very bottom. Push the bottom edge of the panel down and then pull it out FIRST so you don't break the top tabs. It takes a bit of force. Don't use a screwdriver to pry, or you'll damage the plastic.
Once the bottom is loose slide the plate up and off, then disconnect the six-pin molex connector. Unsnap the interior plastic bracket (#15) and pivot it up and out of the way. Use a piece of duct tape to hold it to the door.
Remove the old flap assembly. You'll then have to remove what's left of the the two plastic "hook" tabs. This can be done simply breaking them off with a pair of pliers, or, as I did, using a Dremel cutting blade to slice them off.
Keep the solid tab without the holes in it. You'll still need it to "stop" the new pin from sliding out.
Practice getting the new metal bracket in place a few times before you peel and expose the adhesive tape. Be careful with it. It's very sticky, and will setup quickly.
Attach the support bracket using the big screw on the front of the water dispenser. Attach the new ground wire by unscrewing the existing green wire from the door and reattaching it. When done you'll have two wires there.
You may find that the delay mechanism (#8, the black piston thingy) still manages to pull the flap pin up and out of its new metal slot. I removed my display mechanism completely, and have no problems. In fact, I prefer the door to close immediately.
Hope this helps.

Posted on Aug 03, 2011

I had the same problem. I used JB weld epoxy, I placed pin and spring in place I held with a small
peice of wood then applied the epoxy. I put the epoxy in 3 layers about 15 min apart. Its still holding,
and saved me $650.00 for a new door. Hope this works for you.

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There are parts for fixing freezer flaps on sale at http://www.koalabits.co.uk I used them to fix my own door and has worked well

Posted on Jul 11, 2009

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The pin was taken out of our ice dispenser, now the freezer is icing up by the shoot. How do i get it back on?

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