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We recently bought an upright freezer. The inside temperature remains at zero, but the outside (the sides) get intermittantly hot and then cool down. Is this normal?

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That is completely normal. Read your owners manual for a more technical explanation of why it does it.
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Although you dont say what make this is the majority nowadays use the metal casing as a heat exchanger.so yes this is normal.

Posted on Sep 11, 2010

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