The center section (dividing the two parts for frig) is "burning hot" but inside seems to be relative cool/cold. We are in Houston and experienced power surges during Ike. Don't know if this caused problem with Compressor, or what.............am concerned about a possible fire from the heat.
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Re: Whirlpool Side by Side Refrigerator
You have a refrigerant loop that runs through the cabinet of the refrigerator and usually runs right under the door gasket seal. Usually, when you are getting too hot on the loop, it is because your refrigerator cannot shed the heat it is removing from inside the refrigerator. This is most likely caused my either a dirty condenser unit or a faulty condenser cooling fan. (both located underneath the unit). The fan should be running anytime the compressor is running.
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Your condenser grill under your frigerator is dirty and not able to get rid of the heat. If you take off the front grill and the back panel and vacuum it out or better yet, blow it out with an air compressor, it should solve your problem.
Also make sure that the condenser fan is operating because that would also cause the same symptoms.
The center divider gets very hot , when the fan motor that cools the compressor stops or the coils at the front bottom , gets clogged with dust , lint , pet hair , etc . Check the coils to make sure they are clean . Next , pull the refrig out from the wall , and remove the bottom panel . Check that the fan is working and that nothing is blocking the fan blade , cooling the compressor and coils .
I don't think the darkness is related to the fridge not being cool.
The fridge gets its cold air from the freezer through a vent(damper)
between the freezer and fridge.The fan in the freezer blows air through
it.There is a flap you adjust with the
fridge temp. control. Make sure it's opening and closing when you adjust the
fridge temp OR ..
If the evaporator coils behind the back panel of the freezer
are icing up because of auto defrost failure that will stop the circulation of
cold air and eventually affect the freezer too.
check defrost timer, defrost heater, defrost thermostat. In
most newer models the timer has been replaced by an electronic control board.
If the heater and thermostat are ok it’ll be the control. How to check
Poor cooling and a hot divider mean that air is not moving effectively over the condenser coils under the fridge. Check to see if the fan is blowing under there while the compressor is running. If not, then the condenser fan has failed and needs to be replaced. If it is, then use a vacuum with a long nozzle to give it a good cleaning under there.
HI thanks for your question. the heat between the two doors is normal. its heated there to stop moisture, from hitting a cold surface , and turning to water, so its normal. but pull fridge away from the wall. remove the back panel by the compressor. clean all coils. thanks the appliance doc. please rate my answer. thanks
I'm not familiar with the Samsung refrigerators, but on most side-by-sides the evaporator (cooling) coils are located within the divider partition between the two sides.... along with the defroster 'heater' coils. During the defrost cycle, this panel may feel warm/hot to the touch. Are the freezer/refrigerator sections staying as cold as they should be otherwise? If they are also TOO WARM, then you may have a 'defrost cycle' relay or timer motor malfunctioning.
Turns out a circuit board had failed and the fan (back of frig) was not working. Because of this, coils were overheating which triggered the icemaker to stop functioning. Until the part was replaced, we put a portable fan in the back and within a day, things were cooling down and the icemaker was functioning again.
The part with installation was $200. Took less than a week for the part to arrive.
Don't let them tell you that the problem is related to "sulfur" in your water. It's a scam so that they don't have to repair the problem. The actual problem is that they don't use quality parts to build these units anylonger.