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Why is the outside panel hot to the touch?

Heat leaks from the top of door while in use

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Many factors at play here. Are you cooking on the range? Are you using the microwave? Is the light on?
There is very little current going to the touchpad and if there were a short in it the touch pad would not work. It is just heat from another source. Don't worry about it.

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