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Outside surfaces of freezer very hot to touch

I was given a Kenmore chest freezer, it appeared to be functioning properly and was still frozen inside when I took ownership of it. That was a week ago. Today I loaded it with several items, and went out to add another item. The sides and front of the freezer are almost too hot to touch! I can't tell if it is as cold inside as it should be. It's a very basic model with a dial on the side that goes from 1-7 for coldness.

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  • dancy myers Aug 07, 2007

    Thank you! It is definitely keeping the contents frozen, so I am not going to fret over it. It's in my garage, which is very hot right now, so I guess that accounts for some of the warmth.

  • irishjillm Jun 07, 2008

    I just defrosted the upright freezer by Woods. I plugged it in and checked back later.  The inside is getting nice and cold, but the sides are HOT! Is this OK?  It is very hot in the garage here in Florida too! So, I am sure that affects it. But is this dengerous or defective?
    Does the fact that the peg  legs are gone and it sits on the floor have anything to do with it somehow? Thanks..

  • richardrib Jun 08, 2008

    The front of my kenmore Chest Freezer is hot. I have no idea what to do with it.

  • Anonymous Mar 07, 2009

    out side of the freezer door is hot to touch and the inside is not very cold

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    There are horizontal bands of ice forming on the inside walls of the freezer, and some of the items in the upper baskets aren't as cold as the items below.



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It should be warm to the touch but not so hot you cant. and also depending on how long the freezer is running and how warm it is where the freezer is will effect how hot the outside is. the reason the outside of the freezer is hot is because thats how the freezer releses its heat from the refrigerant. the longer it runs or the harder it has to work the more heat it has to hive off. so unless the freezer is not cooling there is nothing to worry about.

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I just opened my deep freezer and heard the sound of running water. The outside is hot to touch. I'm theorizing that the last time it was opened it was not closed well, which is the cause of the hot outside and defrosting food. Could this be the case?

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