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Kenmore 5126101 middle separator b/t fridge/freezer extremely hot

I have a Kenmore 5126101 side by side refrigerator. The middle separator between the fridge and the freezer is extremely hot. The temperature in the fridge is within range and all foods in the freezer are still frozen.

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There are 2 or 3 things that would cause this. first make sure the condenser coils are not plugged with dust (vacumn or blow them out) next check to make sure the fan that cools these coils is running, (this is the most likely problem). if both of these check out ok then you would need to check to make sure your interior lights ar going off when the doors are closed as these will add extra heat and cause the center rails to run hot. last and most uncommon would be a freon system problem.  

fyi there is a hot gas freon line that runs in between the doors to prevent exterior sweating. when poor or no air flow problems for the condenser coil exist it causes this area to become hotter. 
One more thing. if you do determine that the condenser fan motor is bad you can put a normal house fan blowing on to the coil to help cool this area down until you can get the unit repaired. 
If you need any further assistance leave me a comment here and I'll gladly get back to you. Thanks Peyton
 
 

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It was the cooling motors fan blade, the material on the bottom of the refrigerator was pushed, wedged up against the blade, preventing it from turning, when freed up, it started operating. the middle separator is now cool and the freezer is operating, must have happened when we moved it with the dolly. thanks again

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    The fan is moving, but it is not cooling. Any ideas?

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