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Heat build-up divider between freezer and refrigerator is extremely hot at front edge where doors close against

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  • Anonymous Jan 08, 2009

    I have the same issue, the middle panel/divider between the freezer door and fridge door is super hot!

  • Anonymous Jan 12, 2009

    We have no pets. Top and front inside refrigetator got extremely hot after using a refrigerator brush to clean the coils underneath. Cleaned again after reading the suggested solution article posted herein, being careful to make sure the insulation from the back didn't get removed nor moved to around the coils. The top front is just warm now (next day), but it is still quite hot between the doors. Wondering if it is still hot because some of the insulation that came out when cleaning the first time needs to be replaced now.


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Had this same problem and turned out that the coils at back of fridge and below doors were covered in dog hair. After vacuuming, area is no longer warm.

Posted on Aug 03, 2008

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