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It is normal unless there is a lot of dust below your refrigerator blocking airflow. What you feel is hot gas tubes behind the surface of the metal to help reduce moisture around the door frame and door seals that will get hotter should the fan and condenser below refrigerator have a blockage of dust blocking airflow, Sea Breeze.
The plastic piece that is moulded to the inner door that holds up the shelf on a fisher & paykel fridge has cracked and no longer holds the shelf. Can I buy a new door liner or does the whole door need to be replaced?
on front panel around the door where the door seal goes up against is this what is hot check the compressor fan in the back of the machine when it doesnt run or is unoperational then the sides around the door get hot you might have to replace the compressor fan
It's usually caused by the condenser fan which is underneath around back. If it's not running when the compressor runs it will cause the problem you describe. You will need to remove the cardboard backing on the back of the fridge to access the fan.
The fan you should replace is called the condenser fan. It's the one that blows air across the outside coils. When it fails, you'll usually notice abnormal heating of the front of the divider between freezer and fridge.
I am not going to say the problem is normal. Normal operation those strips are placed behind the metal and inside the walls around the door seals to prevent moisture or sweating around the doors. They are usually noticed to become hot when there is a change in the control boards operation. Some brands have the hot gas from the condenser circulating around the doors. If your model has an economy switch, switch it on. I would look for any abnormal operation of the refrigerator like compressor or condenser fan stopping or ice buildup or abnormal temperatures in the fresh food compartment. If this continues I would unplug the refrigerator and open the control panel inside the fresh food section and examine both sides of the control board for signs of heat or burn marks on both sides. May not be anything to be concerned about also because this may be the first time you noticed this. But it should not be too hot to touch. Sea Breeze
HI, That area being hot is a sign the refigerator is not cooling properly. We need to pin point the cooling problem. First, are you noticing any frost build up inside the rear freezer panel? Are the fans and the compressor running? Please let me know so I can assist you through this.
The only thing that I can think of that would cause this is heat strips that are placed around the door frames to prevent moisture from forming around the doors. The way you have explain what is happening is an indication that the strips are out of control. If you can find the model number located on the bottom of the fresh food compartment door frame behind door get that for me. The problem is unsafe and should have your full attention until resolved. The parts cannot be replaced and can short out. If you have a local dealer or someone to talk to about the problem would be a good
idea. If you can find model number let me know. The model number above your post appears to be incorrect. Thank You Sea Breeze