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Kenmore 253.54703405 ice maker does not reset

The ice maker is making ice fine. After a batch of ice is made, the arm does not return completely back to the "ON" position. I have been lifting the arm manually, and letting it drop to reset it. As soon as the arm returns to the "ON" position, the arm slowly raises as it fills with water, and the next batch of ice is made. I have to reset the arm manually after each batch of ice. Is there something I can do without replacing the entire unit?

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A gear under the cover turns the arm,i think you should find a appliance part store in your area and replace,around $50 for brand new one,thanks-mike

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