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Panel between fridge and freezer hot on Kenmore fridge

The panel between the frdige and freezer is hot as well as the side by the front of the fridge at the panel.

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It is normal for that panel to get warm while the fridge is running. There is a hot gas tube from the compressor running through it to prevent frost built up. If it's feeling a little too hot try cleaning the coils under the fridge. This will allow the gasses to cool a little more efficiently thus allowing the fridge to cool quicker.

Posted on Nov 03, 2008

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    ctkar423 Jul 10, 2012

    same problem...tried this solution still real HOT

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