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I have just noticed the compressor on my fridge is very hot, iv only had the fridge 3yrs, i dont have any problems with it and only noticed how hot it is because iv just pulled it out to clean behind, this has really worried me in case its safe, can it set on fire???.... il be worried to go to bed tonight!!! please let me know, thankyou.

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Usually compressors are fairly hot but to reduce the temperature, cleaning the black coils will help more heat escape and allow the unit to run more efficiently. Use a long coil cleaning brush to clean the coils, and get all the dust off. You can purchase one at almost any hardware store. Good luck

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