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Re: The sides of the freezer are really hot
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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Turn off the power to the refrigerator/freezer by flipping the appropriate switch in your breaker panel. Alternatively, unplug the refrigerator from the wall outlet.
Open the freezer door. Remove any items from the shelf directly under the light shield, then remove the shelf.
Press down on the top, front edge of the light shield until the locking tabs slip out of the slots. Swivel the light shield downward slightly to release it. Pull the shield out of the freezer compartment and set it aside.
Turn the light bulb counterclockwise to remove it. Insert the GE replacement bulb into the light socket and twist it clockwise.
Reattach the light shield by sliding it into place. Gently push the tabs into the original slots.
Insert the shelf into the freezer and reload it with the frozen food removed earlier.
Close the freezer door. Restore power to the refrigerator by flipping on the breaker or plugging it into the wall outlet.
If the sides are hot, look at the defrost timer. Sounds like it has stopped running with the defrost elements on. The compressor has a safety switch on it that opens either if the compressor gets too hot or if it pulls too much current when starting. If your power flickered a lot before coming back on, that triggered the safety switch. Now that it's running normally, I wouldn't worry. The defrost timer is your problem now.
Hi Jan - Typically if the compressor is running but only the
freezer side is not cooling properly than more than likely the unit has a
faulty temperature control. Try resetting the unit by either unplugging it or
flipping the household circuit breaker off. Wait approximately ten minutes and
then turn the unit back on. An experienced
service technician may need to further evaluate this issue if it was not
resolved with the power reset to assist with the repairs.
My first instinct is to ask you, are you plugging this freezer into a GFI outlet, one which has a breaker switch as part of the outlet? If so, that is the culprit and not the freezer, as refrigerators and freezers will often trip this ground fault indicator because water can on occasion reach ground, which causes the breaker to trip on the outlet.
Test this by plugging the freezer into a non GFI outlet for longer than a few days. Nothing is broken and you dont need refrigerator repair service.
It probably has a circuit breaker located on the bottom of the fridge, behind the front filter. Also try looking inside the refridgerator side at the top. It may be red colored to indicate it is safety-related. Just push it in - but don't be surprised if it trips again.
WARNING: RESET ONLY ONCE TO AVOID A FIRE OR ELECTROCUTION SITUATION.
You may have an internal problem, in which case the freezer's circuit breaker is your best friend!
Note that the self-defrosting freezers have a timer that shuts them off periodically so they can defrost. Sometimes the timer does the defrosting in the middle of the day, giving the appearance of a failure. This could be your problem.
If this freezer has a fan under it, make sure it's running. It blows on the condenser coil to remove the heat from the system. It seems your heat has no where to to.
If it is auto defrost, make sure the evaporator coils are not iced up. They are usually behind the rear cover inside the freezer. If it's heavily ice up this would indicate a defrost system failure.
It should work the same as before. Does the compressor get really hot after running a while? If so it could be low on charge, or there could be a restriction inside the refrigeration system. Either way a professional would have to look at it.