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 Posted: Wed Apr 28th, 2010 09:44 pm
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When the ice comes out of the freezer and drops in your glass the little flapper door which is spring loaded stays open.  It will close if you push your finger up in there but otherwise it stays open.  This will cause a block of ice to form in the opening and eventually close off the chute all together.  Is there a solenoid that is not operating that is supposed to close that door or possibly the spring is bad?

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Yes, there is a spring and a solenoid. You'll have to take it apart and see whats wrong with it. Your on the right path though. Don't be afraid to "tinker" with it. After all...its already broke! :)


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Can I access the it from the front or does the entire back side of the door need to be removed?  Do you think the solenoid needs to be replaced?

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Access is through the front 9 out of 10 times. Look at the trim of the panel, may have to gently "pry" at it to get it off. Also, sometimes they hide screws behind the water dispensers collection "trough" for water spillage.

Do I think its the solenoid?? I'm not 100% certain, but unless you've already been tinkering with it, the springs usually outlast the solenoid.

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Take #93 and pull from the bottom.  It sounds like its gonna break but it won't.  Take the wires off the board and then you will then see 4 phillips screws.  Remove the screws and you will have access to the solenoid.  I've seen them rust up and get stuck like you're describing.  Sometimes some lube will keep them going without having to go out and buy a new one.

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Great schematic ROBBYRIG!

Where do you guys get these at??? I need a collection of fridge schematics. Can you hook me up ROBBYRIG??

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Right here.

http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/getSubComp.pd?modelNumber=GSC23LGQAWW&productCategoryId=0165000&brandId=0432&brandDescription=GE&modelName=REFRIGERATOR-Q-SERIES&diagramPageId=00001&componentDescription=FREEZER%20DOOR&documentId=G0406042&blt=06

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Thanks ROBBYRIG! :)

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Thank you very much to both of you, Xploitz and Robbyrig!!  Now I have enough info to do the job, you guys are great!!  :D

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Aww, I'm blushing.  :D:D

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Glad to have helped. Good luck and remember...unplug it first for safety!!! ;)

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Yep either unplug or turn the water off...when you drop the control assembly down your probably gonna activate the water dispense and squirt water everywhere ;)

A light grade machine oil works better than a grease if you are going to try and repair instead of replace...the thicker the lube the more resistance and sometimes a grease will cause the plunger to hang up.

Also make sure that the black rubber skirt in the chute is in place when reinstalling...it has a tendency to want to get out of whack also hindering the flapper from closing properly.



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