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Kenmore elite side by side: hot divider

Kenmore elite side by side: The front of the middle piece separating the freezer and fridge becomes extremely hot to the touch. Cools down later and then becomes hot again.

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    fridge cooling but inside door very hot to the touch, divider wall in front between freezer and fridge door. ice make not making ice also

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This is normal. There is a heater in this panel to stop condensation sweating between the doors.

Posted on Feb 23, 2009

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