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Whirlpool side by side: Inside Freezer part turns burning red!

Whirlpool side by side: Freezer side on left, down on the bottom--could see some sort of coil turning bright red with heat through a venting area--the way we noticed was it was making snapping noises--thanks for your help.

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Hi,

What you saw was the heating element. It is partially visible through the louvers in panel behind the shelves.

In a automatic defrosting refrigerator there is a defrost timer that will cycle this heater on for about 10 - 25 minutes every 8 to 10 hours. This heat will rid the evaporator coils of the frost that builds up so you do not have to manually defrost the unit. When the frost melts, it will hit the heater and sizzle almost like bacon frying.

You just happen to have the door open during one of these defrost cycles.

Nothing to worry about.

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