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Center Column is getting hot

My center column is getting hot as described with the Frigidaire FRs23H5AS. Are they the same refrigerator? Tried replacing the compressor fan, but still gets hot. What's next?

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    Mike Smith May 11, 2010

    Did you clean the coils in front , behind the bottom kick plate ? Either dirty coils , or , a bad fan motor , is the cause .

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Generally that means your auto defroster system is defective. It could be a simple switch/sensor. See if you can find a switch to turn off the AUTO DEFROSTER and see if that solves it. If it does, then you have a sensor problem. If it does not, then you might have a short in the system and it would be advisable to have a certified technican look at your unit. If it is a short and it is in the walls, then you are probably S.O.L and might have to disable the defroster and live with it and just be required to manually defrost your refer unit it truly dies. Reason being, if it is in the walls, it is cost prohibative to open the walls and repair a refers wiring, tubes and other components in the foam and such. Sorry for the tough news. Lets hope the techincan you have come out finds a cheap easy fix for you.

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