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Hot refrigertor Cool inside but hot outside, especially between freezer and cooler. What's the reason for it, and how can I fix it? Doug

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  • dhm123 May 28, 2008

    It is hot to the touch around the outside of the doors and in between the side by side doors it is hot to the touch! Items in the freezer are not freezing correctly! We bought this unit 10/05 and never notice this until do I solve the problem? Dana/Austin, Texas

  • Anonymous Jun 16, 2008

    I have the same problem and the owner's manual mentioned "hot pipe", what is that?

  • Anonymous Jun 18, 2008

    Samsung RB2055SL Hot outside, both sides between freezer and refrigerator. High pitch buzz.

  • kelly30 Jun 25, 2008

    We just noticed the same thing. It is so hot between the freezer and refrigerator that it will nearly burn your skin. Haven't noticed any interior temperature problems yet. We did have a loud buzzing sound for the past couple of months prior to this problem. We opened the back panel and the fan doesn't seem to be running. There are no authorized repair services that will come to our don't know what to do now.

  • n6kzw Jun 25, 2008

    same prob. hot doors, not so good cooling. take the bottom, back panel off. the fan that cools the evapaorator is mighty chinsy.. replaced the non working one with a unit from a computer.. the frige works great now...

  • Anonymous Jul 04, 2008

    Exact same problem. Very hot to touch. I am worried about leaving the house with it plugged in. Something is definately wrong.

  • Anonymous Jul 06, 2008

    Refrigerator is so very hot to touch, open door but do not touch panel
    between doors, or sides. There is a hot smell coming from the frig.
    Likewise we are not comfortable leaving the house with the frig so hot and smell so hot.
    Is this a recall factor, dose the consumer have to wait till a small child get burned on the fridg. We have a small fan blowing under
    the fridg to help cool off,turning down the temp to the lowest to have it shut off sooner, but I need the fridg to be cold.
    Replacing the fan to cool the sys off is needed now.

  • Anonymous Jul 07, 2008

    Very hot panel between freezer and fridge, too hot to touch. I was told by technician it was definitely a fire hazard. I ended up having to replace the fan on my less-than-3-year-old unit, and it was NOT considered to be under factory warranty. Now, only 3 months later, my compressor has failed. WHAT A PIECE OF JUNK!



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I had the same problem with my 2630. Unplugged the power cord and pulled the small panel off on the rear of the unit. The fan was working. I noticed a lot of dust built up on the condensor- the cooling fins were full of it. I took my small shop vac and cleaned off all that I could on the the surface of the condensor. Thought I'd try blowing it out in case I missed any in the inner part of the condensor. Reversed the hose on the shop vac so it would blow air and turned it on. Dust blew everywhere! Just vacuuming it out wasn't enough. No more problems with the heat- that seems to have cleaned it out so that the fan can now pull air across the condensor to properly cool it down. Hope this helps.

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The fridge comes with condenser concealed inside body which removes heat from fridge & transfer to atmosphere hence it is found warmer than atm. temp.which is normal.the condenser is pipe in very long length to improve better heat transfer.this design also helps to remove sweating on body occured by cold air in fridge comp.u will find the hot effect is not everywhere on body because it is hot wherever the condenser pipe is there

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