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Front metal piece that the seal goes against - between freezer and fridge

Strip of metal between freezer and refrigerator sections is too hot to touch I have ED5SHAXML10 since 2002, and have same trouble. I noticed this trouble a month ago. (Middle of June).

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  • Anonymous Aug 27, 2008

    Same as above......front metal piece that the seal goes against - between freezer and fridge is very hot to the point of burning skin. Also rear metal cover at bottom also hot. Refrig is still working! Whirlpool Model #ED5SHAXML12 SN:SS4649815.

  • ddix Aug 27, 2008

    Same as above......front metal piece that the seal goes against - between freezer and fridge is very hot to the point of burning skin. Also rear metal cover at bottom also hot. Refrig is still working! Whirlpool Model #ED5SHAXML12 SN:SS4649815.

  • Anonymous Apr 13, 2009

    The  middle strip is so hot you can not touch it.  The refrigerator appears to be working but I'm afraid to leave it, in case it catches on fire.

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Clean the coils under the machine and make sure the airflow under the machine is not obstructed at all. 

  • if you already checked this and think it is a different problem then let me know, i will help you figure it out. 
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