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Door frame around freezer door is very hot for a long time in side-by-side refrigerator/freezer

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.

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  • jdav Aug 31, 2007

    Thanks for the info. That is very helpful.
    Now that I know it is a pipe and not a heat tape I can look for a cause.
    I cleaned the coils a week ago and they were really blocked up with dust and fuzz.

    I think that the fan in the back bottom that cools the condenser coils is not coming on. I will try to check if it works.
    How often and for how long should the fan run?
    What turns it on and off? a bi-metal strip or a thermistor?

    Thanks for the help.

  • jdav Sep 01, 2007

    Thanks so much.
    I am sure now that this is the problem. A couple of times I tapped the fan and it started right up. I sprayed it with WD40 and that seemed to help some. But I think there are still times the fan is not coming on when the compressor runs. I will replace it ASAP.
    Thanks again.

  • kacmc Apr 21, 2009

    We started having this problem and now our ice maker isn't working? Is this all connected or are those two seperate problems.

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    The door casing is hot on both doors. The metal stripe in the middle of the door frame is very hot.



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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

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  • Tony Coultrip Sep 01, 2007

    The fan in the back near the compressor should run all the time the compressor is running, they are connected in pararell, if the fan is not running it is probably faulty and this would definatly explain your problems.


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Had a similar issue with my refridge freezer and sure enough the fan was not spinning. Thanks so much.

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