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What would cause the metal face between the doors of a side by side to be extremly hot to the touch?

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  • afewcrowns Apr 12, 2009

    Where whould that switch be located? I have both Fridge and freezer set on normal. Could it be the door seal is bad? It is 13 yrs old, never had any problems with it. Thanks so much

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A condensation heater is located in this panel to prevent moisture from forming.
Some refrigerators have a energy saver switch that when selected will turn this heater off.

Posted on Apr 12, 2009

  • steve
    steve Apr 12, 2009

    ("IF") there is a external energy saver switch, it would be next to the temp control. There may not be a bypass switch on your model.

    What is your wxact model number?

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