The housing of the refrigerator between the side by side doors is very hot. The freezer and refrigerator are cooling but the ice maker is barely making any ice. I think the fan is not running in the rear of the unit and the compressor is hot. Would this cause the housing of the refrig. to get hot. The compressor is on the bottom rear and the housing is hot on the front of the appliance
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Re: refrigerator housing is getting very hot
This is for sure the reeason for the heat between the doors, in mean time ( whike waitin got replace the fan behind the compressor, you can install a small cheap house fan behind unit to keep it cool , ohterwise it will eventually damage the compressor
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I am going to assume you refer the housing as the cabinet. If this is hot to the touch the condenser is clogged and cause this heat. Remove the toe grill under the doors, and clean/vaccum out all the dust from under the unit. Once cleaned the cabinet temp should drop, if not the condenser fan could not be running causing this heat. Clean it first before replacing anything to save money.
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
That heat that you feel is part of the design of all refrigerators. Those heaters are there to keep water from condensing on the outside of the cabinet around the freezer door. Just like water condenses on a cup of Ice water. It will do the same on a refrigerator. If those small heaters were not there. The water would cause the paint to rust badly. There are various arrangements of heaters used on Freezers and refrigerators around the doors. Particularly the Freezer door. As long as the fridge is cooling properly it is fine. If the fridge fails to get cold, the outside of the cabinet will actually get quite hot. Hope this helps, Best, Mark
is there alot of frost in the rear panel of the freezer if not the compressor is not start or getting hot because fan that cools it has failed is the part between the side/side door extremely hot if so check the cooling fan for the compressor
this problem is due to low or no air flow aross the condenser coil on your refrigerator. according to sthe model number you listed I'm assuming this is a bult in unit so the condenser coils are going to be on top of the unit. Here are the steps to check and possibly repair your unit:
Open compartment cover on top.
check and clean the coils that will be exposed, you can either vacum or blow them out with compressed air depending on how dirty they are
there is also a fan that cools this coil, check that it is running. this is probably why it is getting so hot in center post and freezer isnt doing good.
if the motor is bad you can position a regular house fan blowing into the motor compartment and it will get everything back to normal until the unit is repaired.
Fyi: there is a hot gas freon line that runs between the doors that controls exterior unit moisture and when there is poor or no air flow across the condenser coil it causes this area to get extremely hot. There is no fire hazzard tho.
If I can be of further assistance please ask.Thanks Peyton
There is no problem at all. The outside of the freezer is hot because it is rejecting heat from the inside of freezer compartment to the outside surroundings, this is a normal refrigeration cycle. As for the seals being hot, this may be to prevent the door from freezing shut. i know that commercial and industrial freezers have heated seals for this reason.
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.
It is quite normal for fridge freezers to have what is called a door heater circuit around the freezer compartment to prevent any unwanted ice build ups ( a practice used in commercial systems). I would expect a certain amount of heat in the section described as it normally is the first part of the condenser (hot bit) circuit. As for burning the house down I have only heard of two cabinets (both in labs) that have done this and they were due to what was put in the fridges. If you are concerned though I would suggest you get a tech to check it. Hope this helps.