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Why is the center column between the freezer and refrigerator hot on my Kenmore upright?

It is a Kenmore refrigerator model 10651564101.
The date of purchase is 9/8/01. I have cleaned the compressor coils.

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Your refrigerator has a refrigeration line attached to the back of the strip that runs between the refrigerator and freezer. Warm refrigerant passes through this line and heats the strip to keep it from sweating. This process was done several years ago to eliminate the mullion heater they used to put there and make the refrigerator more energy efficient.

When this strip heats too much it is because there is not enough air passing through the condenser coil underneath the refrigerator. The condenser fan can be accessed by unplugging the refrigerator and removing the cover across the lower rear of the refrigerator.

The condenser coil might need cleaning from the rear, or the condenser fan might not be running.
by Manage My Life
October 29th, 2008
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