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I keep my freezer in my garage, and It is warm out there, but I've noticed that the sides of my freezer is very warm to touch,on sides is this natural. it has been a very good freezer, and is almost 20 yrs old.

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Most units now use condenser coils hidden inside the walls of the unit verses exposed in the back. If your unit does not have exposed coils or a forced air cooled condenser then they are most likely in the walls which would make what you are describing completely normal. Just make sure you allow 3 to 4 inches of room around them to let the system cool itself.

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