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This is only a problem if:

  • the machine is indoors (in air-conditioning) and it has been plugged in for more than a day.
  • or
  • the inside is not getting cold despite the heat being released thru the walls.
  • freezers (unlike refrigerators) release their heat from coils that are inside the walls, so when the freezer is transferring a lot of heat (like when you first plug it in) it will get hot. 
  • let me know if you need more help

Posted on Jul 01, 2008

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