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Kitchenaid Side by side refrigerator/freezer

My ref/freezer which still works OK feels warm>>>hot to the touch. Especially on the front perimeter (4 inches around the sides and top) and between the ref/freezer doors (center divider). The is a slight burning smell and items in the ref occaisionally freeze.

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  • kovi0801 Feb 16, 2008

    cleaned the unit and the fan seemed like it was sticking. After claening it started to spin and the hot compressor cooled along with the sides/front of the refrigerator. A few days later the sides were hot again (sticking fan?). Not sure if I need to replace the fan (probable) or if there is a connection on the compressor that tells the fan to start bad?).

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2008

    Exact same problem- the center divider and top border over the freezer regularly gets very, very hot. It occasionally cools off but then gets very hot again, hot enough to burn one's skin to the touch.

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When is the last time you cleaned the condenser coils the areas you describe are supposed to be hot there is a loop there to keep the door gaskets dry but should not be too hot pull the fridge out check to see if the fan is running on the compressor then unplug the unit and clean the coils the only other thin that will make it super hot if there is a leak in the low side of the system and has drawn air in see if cleaning the coils fixes it first and we will go from there

Posted on Feb 13, 2008

  • jgregory5685 Jun 09, 2011

    There wasn't a lot of dust behind the refrigerator down by the coils. I cleaned the coils and all other dust surrounding the area by the coils, fan and the condensing unit. I did not think that the fan was working, so I put a fan on the outside but in front of the condenser coils and the side of the freezer door was not as hot when I originally touch it. I might need a new fan.(?) Will check the side of the freezer tommorrow and see if it cooled down. I also have water in the drip pan. Is that normal?

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