I opened the fridge this morning and it was hot; the light element was very warm to the touch. A stick of butter melted to liquid. I unplugged and called a local repair service and they didn't know what the problem was. They plugged in the unit again and told me to check in a few hours to see if it happened again. What to do??
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as with alot of refrig units the rubger strip has a warming coil that keeps the door from sticking they keep an even warm temp so as opening and closing the door easy there could be a burn spot in the strip and causing the strip tp be warmewr than it should be almost hot should call a fridge expert after you convince your other half there is a prob normally most fridges have a plan magnetic strip to seal the door
This is typical for frost-free refridgerators/freezers. In order to keep ice from buiding up on the interior walls of the freezer section, the manufacturer installs electric defrosting elements and extra "warming" elements in the outer edges of the cabinet, normally around the door openings to help mitigate any frost/ice build up and surface condensation that typically occurs on the exterior surfaces as the doors are opened and closed frequently.
These edge warmers stay very warm to keep ice and condensation from accumulating and will become VERY very warm (hot) when the fridge/freezer is in the once a day defrost cycle.
Unless you have an energy saver switch (GE trademark) inside the fridge section, which you can turn off, there is no way to disable these added elements. If you find that you're getting ice building up in the freezer, you'll need to turn off the energy saver switch to resolve that issue.
Energy Saver switch "ON" means these elements are off, while having the ES switch "OFF" means those heaters are running all the time and costing you more in energy consumption
Art, I need to get a little more information from you. Does the condenser fan under the refrigerator seem to work and blowing warm air from below and or behind the refrigerator? The motor feeling warm is OK. Only when too hot to touch on top. Needs to cycle also. When you opened the freezer did you hear the fan blowing? Thanks, JT