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How do I remove the ice storage bin that is stuck in the door of my freezer?

I have a Kenmore refrigerator model 106.4442603. The ice storage bin can't be removed from the door. It is stuck and I can't release it. I have followed the directions but still cannot remove it from the door.

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Lyle W
If the release button will not push in then you could have ice or frost underneath the bucket that is preventing the catch from releasing the bucket from the mounts on the door. The first parts image below shows the parts of the ice bucket. The release button (Key 19) is attached to the latch assembly (Key 20). When the button is pushed in it releases the latch assembly from the mounting posts sticking up on the base of the door that are shown in the second image. You may be able to defrost this area with a hot air gun or hair dryer on a low setting. Once you are able to free up the latch so that it will release from the posts you will then be able to remove the bucket.

If the assembly is broken, you can order parts from the

Sears PartsDirect

website. Order and replace the broken parts to fix the ice bucket.

If you need more help, resubmit your question with additional details.
by Lyle W Earned 136,254 community points in Kenmore
August 28th, 2009
SUSAN jamsmum
I can not see the images, is there a link or a website I can visit to see them?
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Manage My Life
For Kenmore and Whirlpool -- I actually did this twice - neither time was pretty so I can't guarantee it will work for you. As best as I can tell the infamous blue button (or tab) on the right side of the bin controls a long blue plastic slider that runs along the back of the bin bottom and is supposed unseat 2 plastic tabs when pushed in (we all know how we'll that works!). First I pull the blue button (tab) all the way out. Then I slide a long thin piece of metal (in my case a bread knife) in along the back of the bin under the blue plastic slider (which of course being under the bin you can't see). Then I put upward pressure on the blue slider by pushing down on the knife handle (like a lever). After several attempts (if you are lucky) the right tab will unseat and the bin will be loose but probably not free. At this point I was able to put strong upward pressure while rocking right and left and the back tab gives way (if you are lucky). Obviously plastic is involved and breakage is possible - only attempt if you are ready to take a sledge hammer to it as I have been!
by Manage My Life
May 26th, 2013
Tom tomkaren
Thanks for the the tip. I thought mine was not releasing due to a faulty latch but turns out that wasn't the problem. Mine seemed stuck in the center. I removed all ice. Then poured a cup of boiling water into the hole with the stainless blades to melt anything else. After the second cup, the bin was loose and popped right out easy. There were large blocks of ice lodged in the center and bottom of the unit which had the center frozen in place. After an hour of trying other methods not realizing the ice was frozen throughout the center which you can't see from the top. Sears tech should have mentioned this rather than trying to sell us a part.
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