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Refrigerator runs hot.

We have a side by side refrigerator. The front of the panel where the doors are closed feels warm to the touch. Does it need to be replaced?

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Replacement is probably not necesarry. a good cleaning is usually the problem if you pull it out and vacume all the parts under it and in front make sure the condensor and coils etc. are not built up with dust. this is usually the problem.

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yes they have heaters in them to help reduce moisture on the ref you can ussually turn them off by turning the energy saver feature on but this may cause moisture to build up on the exterior part and the inside of th ref

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The samsung website offers questions and answers and offers good support.

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It is normal for the exterior of your refrigerator to feel warm. There are heater pipes located throughout the refrigerator cabinet which periodically heat up to reduce condensation on the refrigerator's exterior walls. If your refrigerator is located in a damp, humid place, such as a garage or porch, this occurs more frequently.
However, if your exterior refrigerator walls are excessively hot, for example, too hot to touch comfortably, your refrigerator may have a problem and needs to be evaluated by a technician. To have your refrigerator evaluated by a technician, please click the "Create Online Service Request" button below to initiate a service request

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