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Loud Humming and Hot Front Panel

My Whirlpool side by side refrigerator is making a loud humming sound. In addition, it appears to be on permanent defrost because the panel at the front (on which doors magnetize to close), is very hot. How can I disconnect the autodefrost in this refrigerator?

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DONT TOUCH ANYTHING. IF IT IS COOLING CORRECTLY LEAVE IT. LOUD HUMMING IS COMMON ON SOME COMPRESSORS.(ANNOYING I KNOW).THE HEATING ON THE FRONT IS NORMAL AS IT IS THE MULLON HEATERS WHICH RUN THROUGH THE FRAME. IF THAT AREA WERE COLD, CONDENSATION WOULD OCCUR AND WOULD DRIP CONTINUOUSLY.

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