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Center Column is getting Hot

The column/divider between the freezer and refrigerator sides is hot to the touch on the front. This is getting so hot, the magnets in the weatherstripping on the doors are getting hot, too. I am worried the whole thing is about to crash on us, fully loaded with food. We do need to change the filter, the light has been on for a couple weeks. What runs through the center colunm/divider? Had this problem, ended up replacing the compressor fan which was not moving at all despite having 120VAC running to it. Placed a fan in front of the refrigerator in the interim with the back panel off.

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  • Debbie Sword Smith Sep 06, 2008

    Same problem. Mine is only 3 yrs old will try any suggestions. The computer went out on it after only a year so maybe theses Hotpoints are just junk ???

  • julieisbusy Apr 04, 2009

    Same problem.... Center wall has been getting hot for quite some time. I pointed it out to GE repairman and he said it was not that hot??

    HUGE build up of ice on freezer side - water dripping from above.

    Refrigerator not cooling - the meat compartment has never been very cold.
    Meat spoils very quickly.

    This refrigerator is 5 years old! And I've had it repaired 3 TIMES!! No wonder American Manufacturers are hurting!

    Just plain BAD - don't buy GE! I've had repairs done all the GE Monogram appliances starting at 2 and 3 years old!


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Check the condenser fan motor to see that the one that you changed is running in the right direction some run clockwise some run counter clockwise
if it is the right direction check the condenser for lint buildup
and if needed clean the coil
also check the evaperator for an ice and frost build up that can ocurr when the condenser fan goes bad
normaly the buildup of ice or frost will be on the top of the evaperator coil
just use a hair dryer to remove if needed dont pull on the ice if found or use a screwdriver or knife heat only to melt

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My side by side divider/column was getting really hot to the touch. The freezer temp was at 8 degrees and climbing. Vacuumed the front grill but not much space to clean. Pulled out the refrigerator and there was all this lint clogging the grill where the compressor and fan was. Took the grill off and clean compressor, and the whole area was dirty. Before moving it back i checked the temp. and had begun to come down and the hot spot was not hot anymore. I will mark on my calendar to make it routine to clean it Spring and Fall. After all it's been 4 yrs. since I got it and my fear was scratching the wood floor under it so i procrastinated finally the husband gave me a hand with it. Thanks for having this info available. It saved me some money$$$.

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