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Center divider of refrigerator is extremely hot to touch. Is this normal? I don't recall it being hot. The refrigerator is operating normally.

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  • cassyv Jul 15, 2008

    Ours is extremely hot as well. Just started a day or two ago. Anyone have any info on this???

  • Anonymous Jul 20, 2008

    Same problem. Just noticed today. has anybody talked to whirlpool about this.

  • Anonymous Aug 21, 2008

    Same problem, will almost burn your hand!

  • Dakota1326 Sep 14, 2008

    Where door saeals against frig is extremely hot to the touch. Area is on the frig not the door.

  • rbhoppy Feb 10, 2009

    I have the same problem on a 10 year old GE Monogram builtin.



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Turns out a circuit board had failed and the fan (back of frig) was not working. Because of this, coils were overheating which triggered the icemaker to stop functioning. Until the part was replaced, we put a portable fan in the back and within a day, things were cooling down and the icemaker was functioning again.

The part with installation was $200. Took less than a week for the part to arrive.

Posted on Jun 19, 2008


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