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Sides of top freezer burning hot

Each side of my freezer is extremelly hot. Sometimes it cools down for a few minutes. Has anyone got a solution?

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Your frig does go into a defrost mode this should only happen on an intermittent basis

Call a local dealer/ service center and ask them if it is abnormal for this to happen


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Why are the sides of my frostfree freezer so hot?


check to see if you have a fan down by the compressor if so make sure it is running. if no fan you are starting to loose freon

Jul 25, 2014 | Frigidaire 13.7 cu. ft. / 388 liter...

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The top & sides of freezer outer housing getting quiet hot,but only near the door,ps-have the red light alert & rest seems ok,so going to try the defrost stuff.


If you remove the rear panel inside the freezer and examine the evaporator while running you will most times see a few rows of the evaporator with clear ice and the rest will be sweating water droplets. That is what a leak in the Freon will cause and look like. When the door frame gets hot it is sometimes caused by a defective condenser fan or blocked air flow and also reduce cooling. Warm is normal around door frame because you have hot gas flowing there to reduce sweating around doors. I will be here to answer any questions you may have, Thanks Sea Breeze

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After defrosting the freezer it will not cool


Don't panic about the hot sides of the freezer. It is quite common on all the freezer (make/model).

After defrosting, your removing the full temerature out of the system. It will take atleast 30 ~ 60 mins to come back to set temperature. This again depends on the load inside.

Jun 06, 2010 | Kenmore 13.7 cu. ft. / 388 liter Upright...

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The sides of my freezer are very hot while the top, front and back are cool to the touch. The freezer still is freezing items fine.


In the newer freezers and refrigerators they are mounting the condenser coil in the side panels of the freezer or refrigerator eliminating the large usually black frame work of tubing that used to be mounted on the back. This saves room but causes the sides to be warm as the heat is now dissipated by the side panels. You should have about an inch of clearance on both sides to let air flow over the side panels to cool them. I have a newer side by side and it also is feels quite warm when you put your hand on the side.

Oct 07, 2009 | Frigidaire 20.3 Cu. Ft. Frost-Free Upright...

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Model: FKFU13M2HW I have a frigidaire freezer, sides and top started to be burning hot, and inside started to thawe...what is the problem?


Check the coils in back for good air space, check the shelves for frost buildup, make sure there is nothing stored on top or next to the sides(one side and top should be clear at all times. If these are not the problem something has happened in the sealed system. Eric

Aug 27, 2009 | Kenmore 20.3 cu. ft. / 575 liter Upright...

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The front surface of the chest freezer is pretty hot.


the condenser lines are between the walls of the frzr and if it has a fan to cool the compressor down and it is stalled is the reason the walls are so hot and no it will not cool down over time if new is a flaw in making of this unit take it back or if older only the side should be getting warm not hot then if older be cautious of this no repair can be done on these type of unit they are between foam filled walls....

Aug 19, 2009 | Kenmore Freezers

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Vertical surface on the sides towards the front hot


clean the coil behind the fridge or under the fridge (where ever they are) and make sure both fans are running, the one in the freezer and the one underneath

Aug 11, 2009 | Kenmore 55612 / 55614 / 5561 / 655619 Side...

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Two sides of freezer very hot to the touch


it sounds like the compressor is going bad or has gone bad

Dec 20, 2008 | Whirlpool ER6AHKXPQ Top Freezer...

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The sides of the freezer are really hot


Is it really becoming excessivly hot or is it that you just have not been aware before. Most freezers generate heat when they are cooling down (yeah ok, so that sounds crazy). It may just be the freezer working hard to lower the temperature to get back to normal operating temperature

Aug 29, 2008 | GE 13.7 cu. ft. General Electric Upright...

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My freezer is hot!


It is normal for the freezer or fridge walls to be hot sometimes, some important points are to make sure that there is enough ventillation around the fridge/freezer, especcially the back, so that air can circulate around it freely. Also maybe just check that there hasn't been anything fallen down the back blocking the vent, and that there isn't a dust collection or anything. Otherwise as far as I know this is normal.

Aug 19, 2008 | Frigidaire 16.7 cu. ft. / 473 liter...

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