Question about Whirlpool 25.6 cu. ft. Side-by-Side Refrigerator with In-Door-Ice Dispensing System

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Whirlpool Side by Side Refrigerator

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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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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