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Edges inside doors got hot, now freezer stopped working. Can I reset, is there a reset button?

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Hi my name is Sean, what you will want to do is pull the refrigerator out, take off the back panel at the bottom and look for a fan by the coils, check to see if this fan is running, also check the coils to see if they are dirty. If the fan is running, is it running fast enough to move air? And if it is and the coils are really dirty, clean the coils and you should be back to normal, If the fan is not running check to see if there is debris in it, if there is nothing blocking it you probably have a bad fan. This is the condenser fan that cools the condenser and also the compressor, and it will cause your center mullion to get hot.


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Posted on Mar 26, 2011

  • rhparrothead Apr 29, 2011

    what if I replace the condenser fan and it still is hot?

  • rhparrothead Apr 29, 2011

    what if I replace the condenser fan and the new one doesn't come on, is there a way to make it come on to work?

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