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Have 16 yr old Kenmore model 106.9537622. The heater strip at the center divider between freezer and frig gets real hot for a period of time everyday and causing frig and freezer to be too warm. The strip has a hot spot about half way between top and bottom. I was appliance repairman 30 years ago but could not find wiring diagram on frig and having trouble getting trim off to get at controls or strip heater.

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If this is a side by side refrigerator, then the space between the doors is not heated by an electric heater. it is heated by part of the condensing coil. so the excess heat is probably generated by a loss of adequate airflow under the machine. which would explain the temperature change in the refrigerator.

  • clean the coils under the machine and make sure the fan is working.
  • make sure the airflow is not obstructed in any way.
if you already checked this and think it is a different problem then let me know, i will help you figure it out. 
Mike  

Posted on Aug 01, 2008

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