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The sides of the freezer are really hot

The freezer lost power earlier in the day. I flipped the breaker switch and it started working again, then I noticed the sides of the freezer becoming really hot.

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Is it really becoming excessivly hot or is it that you just have not been aware before. Most freezers generate heat when they are cooling down (yeah ok, so that sounds crazy). It may just be the freezer working hard to lower the temperature to get back to normal operating temperature

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