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Sides of freezer extremely hot

I have two problems: the freezer motor doesn't seem to be cutting off. Both sides of the freezer are very hot. And, the door is not completely shutting at the top of the freezer. Can the problems with the door not shutting properly be due to the freezer is not quite sitting level, and if so, would leveling the freezer fix my door not shutting properly at the top?

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  • Anonymous May 21, 2008

    sides of freezer is very hot

  • barmill Aug 01, 2008

    new comperssr now out side walls and top hot to the toch is this norm?

  • lpbaldwindri Aug 26, 2008

    alarm on freezer going off .sides of freezer hot compressor hot it is still freezing ,not too cold

  • garyfrance Sep 01, 2008

    GE Freezer, 6 years old, sides very hot and food inside starting to thaw. Moter running constintly but seal seem OK. Model FUF20DMDRWH.

  • csparer May 11, 2010

    I have the same problem (door not sealing) and I solved it with a child lock. Even with the door sealed the motor runs all the time. Can it be some thing else?



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If there is air getting into the freezer because the door is not sealing properly the unit will run because it is sensing it is not cold enough inside. your unit releses the heat from the refrigerant through copper tubing that runs through the cabinet, and thats why it is hot. you need to level the unit make sure the door is sealing on the top bottom and both sides ansd then the freezer will work properly and be able to shut off after it has come down to the proper temp.

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Ok sides of stand up deep freezer super hot, .. so hot that it starts to defrost the interior... it is a Crosley and is almost a year old.. had repair guy out and he is stumped along with all his tech support.. why is it defrosting... before ya say fan, there is no fan, it is also a manual defrost and no coils other than those that run through freezer that ya can see when door open....there is pretty much one part on this,, the compressor.. so need to know how it should be fixed.. if the guys that learned this trade cant figure it out

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