Question about Kenmore 57029 Side by Side Refrigerator
The door frame around freezer door is very hot -almost too hot to touch- for a long time in side-by-side refrigerator/freezer. The freezer stays about 32F and the frig at 45F. We have unplugged and replugged in the frig and cleared and reset the controls in order to reset the defrost cycle. I checked the defroster in the back of the freezer compartment and it was not on yet the freezer door frame was very hot. I then unplugged the bi-metal strip that controls the defroster and the same thing happened. it is a Kenmore Elite Coldspot 106.54606300 [Whirlpool[. It seems like there is heater/warmer around the door to stop moisture that is running uncontrolled. Is it electric - like a heat tape? What controls it? How do I check this? If it is a heat tape, can it be replaced? How do we access it? The metal case seems to be one large piece. I can't see how to open up between the inner plastic shell and the outer metal covering.
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. Regards Advisor
Posted on Aug 31, 2007
Had a similar issue with my refridge freezer and sure enough the fan was not spinning. Thanks so much.
Posted on Jul 05, 2010
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Warm in that area is normal because heated Freon travels
around the door frame on most refrigerators because it prevents sweating between the cold
inside of refrigerator and the cold air inside of freezer The problem of
getting hot may indicate a defective condenser fan or the air below
refrigerator is obstructed by dust. Check those two things and if you have any
question I will be here to answer them for you. If helpful please rate this
solution, Thanks Sea Breeze
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