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Why does the lever in my bottom drawer icemaker block my drawer from opening?

I have an LG refrigerator with the icemaker in the bottom drawer. The lever that shuts off the ice making get stuck when I try to open the drawer and it won't me allow me to open the drawer unless I manually lift up the lever. How do I get it to work?

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What does this "er 1F" mean on my devise ?

The code is actually ER IF not 1f. It means "error icemaker fan" and is typical on LG bottom freezer refrigerators and the problem is that the icemaker fan has stopped running. It could be caused by having the freezer compartment overpacked and the drawer is not always closing or it could be a mechanical issue.

When you open the freezer drawer, if you see frost on the outside of your food, typically more prevalent on one side or the other, then the drawer is probably not closing. If there is no frost then it may have just froze over and will need to be defrosted.

There are a lot of models that have a revised back wall which added a heater to avoid this issue and might be covered by LG. You did not give a model number,age, or if this is the first time it has happened.

Unplugging the unit will clear the code but it will come right back if it is not resolved which locks you out of the controls,dispenser,ect.

You can try defrosting the unit. Move your food and unplug it with the doors open for 24 hours. Make sure it is dry inside and the doors/freezer drawer is closing properly. This should solve the issue just make sure not to overpack the freezer. You can also contact LG to see if there is a service flash on this model as this is not a new issue and many do have revisions to fix ongoing problems.

Water in the freezer compartment

I had water leaking in to the freezer compartment of my LG french-door refrigerator (LFD25860). It was getting on to food in the main basket and embedding it in a block of ice, as well as puddling-up on the bottom of the freezer and eventually blocking the door from closing properly. Because the water seemed to be covering a wider area than you would expect from a blocked defroster drain I didn't believe that my problem was covered by the other FixYa recomendations -and it turned out I was right.
The problem turned out to be that the "funnel" that the water flows through to fill up the ice tray was blocked by a solid piece of ice. When the icemaker would call for more water it would flow down the clear tube (with the open slots on the top) hit the ice and spray/overflow in to the freezer compartment.
The solution was obviously to pop this ice out, but that did require me to remove the icemaker from the wall of the freezer compartment. To do this you
  • remove one screw from the bracket on the bottom of the icemaker
  • Slide the icemaker up and slip it off of the two screws with rubber grommets on them.
By the time I got to that stage I had already removed the basket from the main drawer and removed the pull out tray/basket from the drawer pulls (by simply lifting the plastic tab on the right side and lowering the plastic tab on teh left side). I am not sure if you can remove the icemaker without this step, but I believe so.
Also, if you want to entirely remove the icemaker from the freezer there is only one plug with wiring to undo. As I mentioned above, the water hose doesn't not connect to the icemaker, it ends above the "funnel" and the water drops in. So removal is much simpler than you might expect.

As for the cause of the ice block, I am not sure but I believe it was either because the ice maker made too much ise one time and some cubes could not pop out. When additional water entered the funnel it didn't flow in to the ice tray, backed up, and froze in the funnel. The other thought is that when the door was not closed properly while our grandparents were visiting, the ice melted and subsequently re-froze causing the problem.
on Dec 15, 2007 • LG LFD25860

Lg icemaker stuck

You have an overflow of ice building up in the reservoir. Turn off the maker and use the contents until 3/4 are used up. Turn on again and stop when near full. Check to see if the LEVEL of the refrigerator is correct. The BOX may be tilted forward and an adjustment made.


the condensate drain hose is blocked.
remove the plastic rear cover in the freezer; locate the drain opening;
it's about 1/2 inch in diameter; it drains into a pan at the bottom of the refrigerator. using a funnel and, a small pan, pour hot water through the blocked hose until water flows into the drain pan again.
remove the condensate pan pour the water out and, reinstall the pan.

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These icemakers are not repairiable.
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This is an updated icemaker to correct the problems of past units.

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I believe your defrost condensate drain is blocked with ice or other foreign objects. Could you also double check the model number? Thanks, Sea breeze

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Sounds like the icemaker may need to be replaced. When you open the freezer drawer it cuts power to the icemaker.

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Hi, There is no adjustment on the level arm other then bending it. Is it posible that something snagged it as the drawer was being pulled out and bent it? The arm should collapse all the way down tothe side of the icemaker and level with the bottom of the icemaker.
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