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Frigidaire side by side overheating

Excessive heat coming from bottom, and the wall dividing the fridge and freezer is very warm and is transferring heat to the door seals that touch it when closed. Is this repairable or on its last leg?

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very repairable, the unit is tryin to release exessive heat from lower compartment, pull unit out and vaccuum the coils,as well as underneath the unit, when pulled away form wall, make sure that the fan behind the unit(next to compressor) is running.

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Check the cooling coils under the fridge..most likely need a good vacume ckeaning insufucent cooling/warming due to being clogged...remember your fridge has cooling and heating to control frosting up...coils need cleaning periodily especially if you are a pet owner...good luck.

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The center dividing face plate of our side by side fridge (which we just got from a friend) if warm to the touch. Only the front of this divider is warm, from top to bottom. The inside walls are cool. Is...

Hi, welcome to FixYa.

I`ll start by letting you know first the heat between the doors is normal, a degree, and done by design to help prevent moisture along the "breaker strip"/divider.(where the doors come together when shut)

If all else appears fine (temp. Ok, fans running, no significant frost build up on freezer back wall) it's likely nothing to be concerned about.

**Just be sure the condensor fan isn't jammed and still turning.** The fan at the back next to the compressor...In fact that is what I`d look for based on your post.

But just so you know, the amount of heat can be determined by several factor's such as,

1) temperature setting - lower ( colder ) the temperature is set the more the run time the hotter the strip.

2) The ambient temperature - hotter the environment the more the unit runs to compensate, hence the hotter the strip.

3) The amount of "fresh" content added to the unit ( especially freezer section if unfrozen items added ) - new items add a lot of warmth thus demanding the unit to run more to remove this heat (btu`s or british thermal unit`s )causing the strip to be hotter.

4) Build up of dust & dirt on the condensor coils - this also causes the unit to run excessively which in turn makes for more heat on this strip.

These are all things which can and do determine the amount of heat between the doors.

Another factor to always consider is of course If it is hot where you live the unit may just be running more to compensate as with other factors I mentioned.

Hope this answer's your question and let me know if I can assist you further.

Thank's for coming to "fixya" and good luck moving forward.

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This is usually normal for these units it can depen on how long the unit is running in a cooling mode.
the other thing to check is the condensor fan in the bottom back side of the fridge and make sure it is running if it is not the it needs to be replaced this will also cause alot of heat on the fromt of the unit

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