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The outside of the freezer section is hot to the touch when the motor/fan/whatever is running. Not enough heat to burn you, but surprisely hot nonetheless. As soon as the motor shuts off, the outside of the freezer section cools off. The inside of the freezer section is frigid and seems to be working fine. Any ideas? - Kim Gamble

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Hi,
The heat is there to keep condensation down...it is nothing to worry about and normal operation...

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