Fridge door frame very hot

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Old 08-14-20, 04:07 PM
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Fridge door frame very hot

Does it mean anything if the door frame (the area where the door seal closes against) is hot?

we have a side by side kitchenaid and the frame (particularly between the two doors) is very hot. You canít actually leave your hands there for too long.

 
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Old 08-14-20, 04:22 PM
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Some refrigerator have heaters around the opening to prevent condensation from forming when the door is open. The only one I have ever been exposed to felt slightly warm. You could leave your hand there all day long. Not sure if it cycled on and off or was controlled by a temp controller. What model is your frig?
 
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Old 08-14-20, 05:43 PM
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Looking at the parts list and manual there is no reference to any type of heater in the location you described. There are wiring looms, obviously near the front control panel in the door.

Can you isolate the heat better, i.e. is it around the perimeter of both doors, where is it the highest, does it lessen as you go towards the floor, etc.
 
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Itís hottest down the middle.....where the two doors meet.
 
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Old 08-14-20, 09:27 PM
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Many fridges run the copper condenser refrigerant pipe between the doors and around the outside cabinet to dissipate heat and keep the box from sweating.

If you have electric jamb heaters..... there would be a switch near the thermostat that would be labeled "economy" or "power save" to turn them off.
 
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Are the vents (front and back), condenser coils and condenser/compressor fan blades clean?

Is the unit the proper distance away from the back and side walls?

 
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