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Mullion between freezer and refrigerator is extremely hot.

The very front of the wall that separates the refrigerator and freezer is very hot to the touch. I am talking about the part that the rubber gaskets on the doors touch when you close it. I have been told that there is a "mullion heater" in most side by sides to make it seal better, but I don't think it should be that hot. Thanks, Jaye

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  • miamin Aug 04, 2008

    I have the same problem. My refrigerator front side wall that seperates the sides gets burning hot. The outside side of the freezer is burning hot too. When ice-cream put in the freezer touched the wall, it melts in the freezer. Got the motor and fan replaces, that did not solve the problem.

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They rarely use 'heaters' anymore. If there is a heater there will be somthing like a 'energy saver' option to turn it off. More likely it is a mullion loop that is part of the sealed system tubing. The harder the frige works the hotter that area will be. So if the inside temp rises so will the temperature of the mullion. Start by checking your frige and freezer temperatures with a thermometer. The freezer should be between 5-10 deg ABOVE zero and the frige should be about 35 or 36 deg. Also check that the condenser is not dirty. The condenser is the coils that are usually underneath the frige. They should be cleaned at least annually. Also while you're under there make sure the condenser fan is running. You should feel a little air movement and possibly hear it running from the front under the doors. If it's not running you'll need to find out why, but would usually be a problem with the motor. Also there was a carboard panel on the back at the bottom of the frige from the factory, that panel HAS to be in place to direct air across the condenser and not back behind the frige.

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    rfeiler Aug 08, 2012

    This area under the fridge was clean, no dust bunnies. Some water in tray but it was not full or overflowing. Any other suggestions?. Especially since the wall is split and cracking turning brown in some places.

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