Ice shute is not sealing so the ice maker is frosting up and not working. The rubber seal of the shute is not fitting snug anymore. I suspect a teenage anger issue is the cause. How do I get to the parts to see what needs replacing. I would like to do this myself if possible. Thanks
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Re: ice shute does not seal
There is a plastic clip that has broken off of the icemaker chute door spring latch on the refrigerator door. This is a common problem and a replacement kit is available from whirlpool to correct this problem. If you contact whirlpool directly they will help you out with a part number for the kit.
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Being brief yes it is the cause of the frost. Door seals are not that expensive and in a matter of months the energy consumed to keep a unit cold can cost more than the cost of the door seal. (not labor... )
However.... if your unit is not defrosting properly you would have ice build up on the back wall / access panel of the unit.
If your ice build up is mainly on the cabinet face and wall.... the door seal is for sure causing the problem.
If you respond with a make AND complete model number I will do my best to locate a replacement part for you.
Sounds like your freezer is pulling outside air into the freezer from the dispenser door or around the door seals. This could be a defrost problem beginning as this is moisture remaining inside the freezer compartment and not being taken out during defrost. So it may be a good idea to look into the back of the freezer and see if there is frost forming also on the rear wall. If yes you will need to manually defrost by unplugging the refrigerator and removing the rear panel in the back of freezer to expose the evaporator coil. If frozen over I want you to defrost with a hair dryer until we can have a look at the defrost heater below these coils. The heater in your model PSS26MRSS has glass around the heating elements and will be easy to see if the element is burned out. If burned out the defrost heater part number WR51X10055 and the defrost thermostat part number WR50X10068 should be replaced. Let me know if you are ready to begin or if this is helpful. If by chance these 2 parts look OK then we will need to look over the main control board for burn marks or signs of heat damage. I'll be here if you need me Thanks, Sea Breeze
The door seals on the refrigerator and freezer doors will not cause the frost at the ice chute. Frost will build up where warm moist air meets cold air. Your ice chute door seal is bad, so you need to replace the ice chut door.
As far as your door gaskets go, clean the gaskets and the mating surface of the refrigerator and freezer cabinet. Use a hair dryer (NOT a heat gun) to heat the door seal up anyplace the dollar bill was loose. The magnet in the gasket will pull tight to the cabinet once the heat has softened it up. Do not open the door for 30 minutes or so to allow the seals to cool. You would only want to replace the seals if they are torn.