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The strip between the doors gets real hot. so hot you cant touch it everything seams to work ok other than that.

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This is a sure sign of pending compressor failure (high heat and head pressure, Since that 2 inch section comes directly from the compressor.For verification,
Remove the back cover, and place your hand on the compressor.(careful,may be hot) should be able to leave your hand on compressor without burning.
Check condensor fan in that same area , It may be not running
causing all the trouble
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Leo Ponder Appliance-Tyler,Texas

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