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On the freezer side the coil inside in the lower back is bright orange and water is dropping on it making a hissing sound. Is this normal?

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Hi, Welcome to FixYa. It is indeed normal for frost free fridges. You are witnessing the defrost process taking place actually. Once it defrost's for approx. 15-30 minutes, the unit will cycle back to cooling. Hope that answers your question and puts your mind at ease. Thank you for choosing FixYa and I hope you will now take a moment and rate the info you received here favorably. macmarkus :)

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