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The post between where the freezer and

The post between where the side by side freezer and refrigerator doors of my Kenmore refrig meet is very warm. I have not noticed this before. Is this normal. Thanks

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Hi, Welcome to FixYa.

I`ll start by letting you know first the heat between the doors is normal...to a degree, and done by design to help prevent moisture along the "breaker strip"/divider.

If all else appears fine, temp. Ok, fans running, no significant frost build up on freezer back wall, it's likely nothing to be concerned about.

**Just be sure the condensor fan isn't jammed and still turning.** The fan at the back next to the compressor.

The amount of heat can be determined by several factor's such as,

1) temperature setting - lower ( colder ) the temperature is set the more the run time the hotter the strip.

2) The ambient temperature - hotter the environment the more the unit runs to compensate, hence the hotter the strip.

3) The amount of "fresh" content added to the unit ( especially freezer section if unfrozen items added ) - new items add a lot of warmth thus demanding the unit to run more to remove this heat (btu`s or british thermal unit`s )causing the strip to be hotter.

4) Build up of dust & dirt on the condensor coils - this also causes the unit to run excessively which in turn makes for more heat on this strip.

These are all things which can and do determine the amount of heat between the doors.
Another factor to always consider is of course If it is hot where you live the unit may just be running more to compensate as with other factors I mentioned.

Hope this answer's your question and let me know if I can assist you further. Thank's for coming to "fixya" and good luck moving forward.

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macmarkus :)

Posted on Jul 30, 2010

  • jeffewarden Jun 06, 2011

    I had a Kenmore side by side (not sure what model). It hadn't cooled like I thought it should for a long time, maybe a couple of years. I had noticed also that the area between the doors was excessively hot, sometimes too hot to touch. I had just ignored the problem (there are too many fish to catch, and not enough time), but one day I decided that maybe I'd try vacuuming out the dust. I unplugged the fridge, took off the lower front panel, and vacuumed there. There really wasn't much dust so I decided to take off the back panel and clean the fan too. That's when I discovered why the fridge was overheating. The very desicated and obviously very ole carcass of a mouse was wedged between the fan blade and the fan frame. I removed the carcass, plugged in the fridge and the fan started turning. SInce then I've had no other problems. Even the middle panel remains cool.

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