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Divider is hot

The dividing wall between the fridge and freezer is very hot to the touch.

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  • englandberry Apr 21, 2009

    The model number is 106.56539400



    To clarify, when you open both doors the face (metal plate) of the dividing wall is very, very hot. It therefore makes the door gasket hot as well.

  • Tracy Farrell
    Tracy Farrell May 11, 2010

    Hi England,

    When this happens, it indicates that the condenser fan has failed. (The condenser fan is the one behind the fridge near the compressor.) If you could provide the exact model number, I'll look up the parts and provide you with detailed replacement instructions, OK?

    SG

    p.s. The model number is on a sticker inside the refrigerator compartment. It starts with 3 digits, then a decimal point, then about 7 more digits.


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England,

No clarification necessary. The problem is most definitely the condenser motor. Here is a full diagram of the "unit compartment"... the part you're looking at is number 24. Maybe you have a local part house, if you do just call them and ask for a part number W10124096. Or you can plug that number into a search engine and go price shopping (there's a $10.50 price difference between Sears and RepairClinic, for instance)

Anyway, the repair is straight forward. Roll the fridge out and UNPLUG IT. Remove the lower rear panel to expose the unit compartment. Now all you have to do is use a 1/4" socket and remove the motor from its' bracket (just slip the fan blade off the end of the shaft). Your new motor comes with instructions... just follow them and button everything back up! It's a breeze. Total job time = ~ 30 minutes.

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SG

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