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Two things can cause this:

1. Dirty coils.
2. Bad condensor fan motor (this cools the coils). The fan motor can be accessed from the back by removing the lower panel.

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Whirlpool refrigerator getting hot on frame where doors close.


Hi,

Welcome to FixYa.

I`ll start by letting you know first the heat between the doors is normal...to a degree, and done by design to help prevent moisture along the "breaker strip"/divider.

If all else appears fine, temp. Ok, fans running, no significant frost build up on freezer back wall, it's likely nothing to be concerned about.

**Just be sure the condensor fan isn't jammed and still turning.** The fan at the back next to the compressor.

The amount of heat can be determined by several factor's such as,

1) temperature setting - lower ( colder ) the temperature is set the more the run time the hotter the strip.

2) The ambient temperature - hotter the environment the more the unit runs to compensate, hence the hotter the strip.

3) The amount of "fresh" content added to the unit ( especially freezer section if unfrozen items added ) - new items add a lot of warmth thus demanding the unit to run more to remove this heat (btu`s or british thermal unit`s )causing the strip to be hotter.

4) Build up of dust & dirt on the condensor coils - this also causes the unit to run excessively which in turn makes for more heat on this strip.

These are all things which can and do determine the amount of heat between the doors.
Another factor to always consider is of course If it is hot where you live the unit may just be running more to compensate as with other factors I mentioned.

Hope this answer's your question and let me know if I can assist you further.


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Sep 02, 2010 | Whirlpool 25.6 cu. ft. Side-by-Side...

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Hot door seal


Hi

There could be few reasons for your problem….
If your refrigerator is running too long or more than normal:
You may need to clean the condenser coils. This should be done about every 6 to 12 months. You can use a condenser cleaning brush, this comes in handy for cleaning hard to reach areas. Your refrigerator may be running too long, check the door gaskets for proper sealing, especially the bottom section. Clean the gasket surface where your door gaskets meets the metal with warm soapy water.
However there is a part of the condenser called the mullion loop that adds heat to keep moisture from building up and causing the door gaskets to stick. If it's too hot to the touch, first check your frige and freezer temps. You'll obviously know if the frige is too cold, but you may not know if the freezer is too cold. The freezer should be between 5-10 deg above zero. Any colder and the frige will have to work harder and would create more heat. Also check the condenser coils. If they are dirty it will prevent the frige from removing the heat properly. The condenser should be cleaned at least annually. Most friges have a condenser fan motor. Make sure the motor is running and the fan blades are clean. Most frdiges also have a cardboard type panel on the back at the bottom. That panel directs the air flow across the condenser and must be in place. If it's missing or damaged its need to be replaced.

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Water is accumulating and freezing on the bottom of the freezer


YOUR DEFROST DRAIN IS PLUGGED, YOU NEED TO REMOVE THEBACK PANNEL THE DE-ICE THE BOTTOM TRAY TO FIND A HOLE, YOU NEED TO CLEAN IT OUT UNTIL YOU CAN RUN WATER THROUGH IT.

Apr 26, 2010 | Whirlpool 25.6 cu. ft. Side-by-Side...

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Magnetic divider strip is hot. Temperature not cold enough


Yes this is normal. The heat strip is there to prevent moisture from forming around the the door frames. It also is most noticeable if the heat wave is causing your refrigerator to struggle to cool. Cleaning the coil below the refrigerator and making sure good air circulation in that area will help. If you have any questions please let me know and visit my siites. Please rate me if this was helpful, Thanks Sea Breeze

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Front metal , top heating element very hot


This should be OK. There are heat strips placed behind the door frame to prevent sweating around the door frame due to the metal being cold normally without the strips. Thanks, Sea Breeze

Jul 21, 2009 | Refrigerators

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The strip between freezer and fridge is very hot


sounds as if you either need to clean the coils under the unit,they are clogged and unable to disapate correct amount of heat, or your fan mounted behind the unit, next tothe compressor has failed..YOUR UNIT IS WORKING EXTRA HARD TO GET RID OF HEAT.check those 2 places

Jun 15, 2009 | Whirlpool 25.6 cu. ft. Side-by-Side...

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Fridge freezer over heating and is not cooling fridge section


It is normal for the middle strip to be hot. Did you check the temp setting in the fridge section?
Also - you might check for blockage in the bottom. Excessive dirt/dog hair can block the air flow.
Good luck

Jan 18, 2009 | Whirlpool Gold White-on-White 21.9 cu. ft....

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I have a side beside whirlpool refrigerator/freezer. today I noticed the strip between the frig and freezer was very hot and coil under frig are almost too hot to touch. It has been this way since about...


no danger of fire, they(Whirlpool) run a copper heat tube through the center mullion of frig, to cut down on amount of undesirable condensation that may build up between doors, reason for extra heat can be from leaving door open too long, perhaps the coils under the frig need to be vacuumed,

Oct 12, 2008 | Whirlpool Refrigerators

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Refrigerator getting hot!


There is a part of the condenser called the mullion loop that adds heat to keep moisture from building up and causing the door gaskets to stick. If it's too hot to the touch, first check your frige and freezer temps. You'll obviously know if the frige is too cold, but you may not know if the freezer is too cold. The freezer should be between 5-10 deg ABOVE zero. Any colder and the frige will have to work harder and would create more heat. Also check the condenser coils. If they are dirty it will prevent the frige from removing the heat properly. The condenser should be cleaned at least annually. Most friges have a condenser fan motor. Make sure the motor is running and the fan blades are clean. Most friges also have a cardboard type panel on the back at the bottom. That panel directs the air flow across the condenser and must be in place. If it's missing or damaged it will need replaced.

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Door frame around freezer door is very hot for a long time in side-by-side refrigerator/freezer


The problem you describe is caused by the hot gas pipe that runs around the cabinet, this is normal for it too get warm, the only reason it would be very hot is that for some reason the gases are not being cooled, probable cause is that the condenser is blocked with dust or fluff, depending on axact version some are located behind the plastic trim that runs below the doors and others are in the back behind the lower rear panel. Regards Advisor

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