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Ice dipsencer door flap

Ice chute flapper/door is unseated and small round black plastic part with arm on it has come out?,,outside air is going in causing frost issues, reseated flap/door as best as i could and put a dishtowel in to hold closed

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You have a Mechanism delay come out. it holds the flaper open and close it slowly. is the end with the arm on it broken you will have to disassemble the dispenser front to get the new one back in... let me know Thanks

Posted on Aug 18, 2007

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