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The outside of the freezer is hot almost scalding hot...what is causing this?

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Probably the condensing coil is dirty (is the one in the back of thefreezer) vacumm off all the dirt or blow it with air pressure.

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Freezer drain is clogged, I guess, water dripping on the floor, ice buildup on bottom of second door, it has an ice machine built in, what do I do? I'm a female.


Good Morning Andi.

the good news is that the fridge is not likely doing this because you're female, and your description of what has happened with power outages sounds like that's very likely the culprit - a fair amount of melted water dripping, then power comes on and freezes water in the drain.

I don't know your specific model, or if you know where the drain is. it's likely down in the bottom of the freezer compartment. If you remove the lower drawer, or unpack the lowest area, the floor will likely slope toward either an overt hole, or to a slit/hole in the back. If there is actual ice frozen on the lowest shelf/shell of the freezer, you'll want to get rid of it.

Easiest and safest route (as in least likelihood of damaging the freezer or hurting anyone)
  1. Turn the fridge off. It won't be off long enough to risk much thawing, but you don't want the cooling coils actively pulling heat from what you do in the next step.
  2. Hot, even scalding water. Especially if there is overt ice at the bottom, pour small dribbles in at the edge. Some will go across the ice and melt a bit of the bulk. Some will trickle down between the ice and the freezer floor. Do this a couple times, then see if you can pry up sections of the ice from the floor. Pull out as much as you can of the bulk ice. You'll likely want to get a couple of towels out since you'll likely get some water on the floor.
  3. Once you've cleared overt ice from the freezer floor, pour some more hot/scalding water onto the plug, or into wherever the floor slopes to. Be patient and don't pour too big a volume. Ideally, after a few modest pours, you'll get water coming out from under the fridge. If the lower panel will pop loose, get in and use a towel to pick up as much of the water as you can. pour a bit more hot water through and verify it pours through to the floor (or possibly a catch pan).
  4. If you get this far, dry the freezer floor as best you can with the towels, replace the drawer or any unpacked foods, close the freezer, and turn the fridge back on. It will probably be back to normal.

    Good Luck!

    D

Nov 23, 2015 | Freezers

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Freezer door is very hot to the touch on the outside


Hello, their are heat coils in the doors, their maybe a issue with the door heat circuit controls.

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Stand up magic cheef freezer unthawing and hot to touch


A freezer can't "unthaw". It can freeze or thaw. I assume your freezer is not cooling properly and is hot to the touch. First try defrosting the interior. Ice buildup will cause the problems you described. Also check the rear of the freezer and clean the cooling coils so they transfer heat to the outside air.
If neither of these things helps, have a professional check your Freon coolant level. You may have a leak.

Oct 15, 2013 | Kenmore 20.3 cu. ft. / 575 liter Upright...

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Kenmore upright freezer hot on the sides, stop freezing


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Without the model number I'm not sure how to answer your question. Does your model have fans that blow warm air on the outside bottom or a front kick plate? What is your model number? Kenmore has model numbers like this example=> 123.3214567 If the fan has a restriction that causes a lack of airflow it can cause the hot Freon liquid that normally flows around the Yoder Loop inside edges of the freezer door to prevent frost buildup to become very hot because the condenser fan is defective or coils are dirty with dust restricting airflow. If the outside is hot you may have a defective condenser fan motor. That will cause the freezer to ger hot. I am here should you want my assistance....Sea Breeze
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The outside front of the freezer case gets hot.


It's normal to touch it hot on the outside front.
Because it has heater to keep moisture out in the body metal of the freezer.
Those moisture if not heated to dry, can cause rust build up.
Rust build up can destroy the metal body of the freezer.
Thanks for asking.

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Describe your FFU2124DW12 Problem The freezer works very good and gets very cold, But the outside walls and top gets EXTREMLY hot


Freezers have tubes that run inside the walls and top of the case, these carry the refrigerant thru the heat exchange process, this will cause the outsides and top of the freezer case to get warm/hot some times, this is normal, but I recommend you to make sure there is at least 1 1/2" of ventalation clearance around the entire freezer so that it can exchange heat efficiently.
If you don't think the amount of heat present at the outside of the freezer case is NORMAL, then I recommend contacting Frigidaire directly and discuss this with there customer service people.
1-(800)FRIGIDAIRE
GOOD LUCK !!

Aug 03, 2010 | Frigidaire Freezers

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Outside of chest freezer gets hot


it is normal for outside to get hot. that is where the condensor coils are located. if unit is working don't worry.

Jul 26, 2009 | GE Freezers

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Plugged in chest freezer is cooling inside but hot to touch on the outside


yup, if you make cold theres gonna be heat. they run the lines through the case for cooling. it will get usually warm so maybe cause it's running alot to get cool initially. then it should normalize. if after a day it's still pretty hot, then it may be an old freezer and the compressor may be wearing out slowly, pumping slower and causing more heat.

Jun 20, 2009 | Freezers

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Nor-Lake t3000 freezer - door HOT


The door frame heater is probably damaged and grounded. Unfortunately, it is still energized causing less than the entire heater being utilized which will cause an extremely hot condition. I would look at replacing it. It is a pain to do but with some patience, it can be done.

Good luck and hope this helps.

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Outside surfaces of freezer very hot to touch


it should be warm to the touch but not so hot you cant. and also depending on how long the freezer is running and how warm it is where the freezer is will effect how hot the outside is. the reason the outside of the freezer is hot is because thats how the freezer releses its heat from the refrigerant. the longer it runs or the harder it has to work the more heat it has to hive off. so unless the freezer is not cooling there is nothing to worry about.

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