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Evaporator pan overflows. Outside of refrigerator gets hot periodically around the door.

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Warm sides-
It's usually caused by the condenser fan which is underneath around back. If it's not running when the compressor runs it will cause the problem you describe. You will need to remove the cardboard backing on the back of the fridge to access the fan.

evaporator pan-
When the water filter is full some are designed for the water to go to the evaporator pan. Check to see if the filter is stopped up.

Posted on Oct 11, 2010

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