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Kenmoore refridgator side by side rubber gets hot

The rubber around the door gets real hot and also the whole frame. I clean the coils and that did not help

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  • stinkerbink May 10, 2008

    Thank you for your help. I have model 59587990. I would I find out about the switch you are talking about. Thanks again.

  • stinkerbink May 10, 2008

    I have Kenmore side by side Model 59587990. Would my model have the energy saver switch? My food is not cold. The rubber around the door frame is still hot. Do you think my motor is going out? Thanks for your help.

  • stinkerbink May 13, 2008

    Thank you so much for all the help in this matter. I cleaned the bottom and got it start cooling again. Now it won't stop running.

  • najamiqbal May 29, 2008

    I am having similar problem. It's kenmore Model 596.50392001. I replaced condensor fan as it was not working and then cleaned the coil. Now Freezer side is colling but not much, refrigerator is still not cooling at all. Ice maker is working very slowely (about 2 cubes in 2 hours). Door Ruber and fram is hot. Compressor is working but not with loud sound. Please help



    Thank you

  • mwjo Jul 09, 2008

    My refrigerator, which is a Whirlpool has a very similar problem.  The gasket for the door is hot, but the frame/wall between the refrigerator and freezer is VERY hot, Almost to the point you can't touch it.


    Can you help me?  mwjo

  • Anonymous Aug 23, 2008

    where is the switch locatwd

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If you have a model with an energy saver switch turn the switch on. This reduces the heat to the mullion heater built into the door frame.
The door frame heater is used to prevent moisture from condensing on the seal surface around the door and acts as a thermal break between the outside and temperature inside the refrigerator.

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    James Helmer May 11, 2008

    You may need to clean under the refrigerator. The condenser that transfers heat from the refrigeration system to the room air could be restricted by dust collecting on the surfaces. Your food not being cold points to other than your energy saver switch. Check your freezer compartment for snow build-up on the back wall. If you have any snow on the back wall you have a defrost problem.

  • James Helmer
    James Helmer May 13, 2008

    If it is running continuously and not freezing in the refrigerator the problem could be in the settings of your controls. If the freezer is set to cold the refrigerator will possibly not get enough air to allow it to cool enough to reach the cycle temperature. If these answers where of any help to you please kindly rate it.

  • James Helmer
    James Helmer Jun 14, 2008

    After replacing the condenser fan make sure you re-install the panel in back that you removed to change out the fan motor. This panel being in place determines proper air flow pattern for cooling the operating system.

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