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Isn't cooling, doors feel hot to touch

My fridge is not cooling down, my freezer is only slightly colder than the fridge. The panel between the doors is really hot to touch. How can I fix this at home?

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Check the condenser fan motor,pull out the machine from the wall and then remove the back bottom panel,you'll see the condenser fan down there,make sure it's blowing,also check the condenser coil,it should be cleaned out at least once a year.next time you write it would help sending the model number and brand name.good luck.if it is the fan you can stick a regular house fan back there to keep the compressor cool until you get a new fan motor,keep the bottom panel off and just point the fan at the compressor.hope this helps.

Posted on Sep 02, 2012

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SOURCE: Does not stop cooling down

Door edges being warm is caused by what is called mullion heaters that operate to prevent humidity from condensing at these points.
Some refrigerators have an energy saver switch. Turn this switch if you have one to the energy saving position when the humidity is low. Is anything freezing in the refrigerator? If so setting the controls to a little higher setting may solve your problem.

Posted on May 03, 2008

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SOURCE: Kenmore Model # 596.735032.. Fridge is cool, Freezer is not freezing

After pulling the fridge away from the wall and removing the lower right hand panel I noticed that the compressor (big round black ball with copper tubing) was not turning on. I also noticed that there was a ticking or popping sound comming from it every couple of minutes or so. After doing some research online in numerouse forums I decided to try and replace the overheat relay that is attached to the compressor. It only took maybie five minutes at most to change it and the compressor is now working with nice cold air comming into the fridge and freezer. Hope this helps someone else with the same problem.

Posted on May 10, 2008

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SOURCE: fridge left open all night and wont cool but the freezer still works.

time for a new fridge

Posted on Aug 27, 2008

Anonymous

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SOURCE: refrigerator Compressor hot to touch & fridge/freezer not cooling

you need to do an amp draw with your meter,clamp the run wire on the compressor,you should get 2-5 amp reading,any higher means the compressor is going bad,also should be a locked rotor amp(LRA) reading on comp.-mike

Posted on Nov 04, 2008

Anonymous

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SOURCE: panel between fridge and freezer very hot and no sound at all

Dont know about the noise prob. but I can help with the over heating cabinet. Your condensing coil is dirty and needs cleaned. it is located under your refrigerator or behind the back panel. You should use a brush and vac. it out. Air must travel through the tubing freely in order to cool properly. It should be easy to find following the tubes coming out of your compressor.

Posted on Dec 30, 2008

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