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Door gets warm

The wall separating the freezer and fridge is hot where the doors close. The inside walls are cold, but the 2 inch piece that the doors close against gets pretty warm. Is this normal?

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Hi,

Warm is normal hot is not. Too hot is an indication that the condenser coils are overheating due to being dirty or a bad fan motor. See the link below for details I put together on this. Let me know if it helps.

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