As the coils at the back of a fridge form the heat exchanger I'd be surprised if they weren't at least warm. Mine are in the back and I can touch them. I have a GE side-by-side refrigerator. If you feel heat/hot around the door opening of your refrigerator you should.... clean the condenser coils as a dirty condenser can make the tubing hotter than normal; check/clean & replace if necessary the condenser cooling fan ( # F ) motor, if the condenser fan motor is slow or has quit the yoder loop pass will get very warm/hot to the touch – DMoore Dec 29 '16 at 17:22. ... depends how you define hot. DMoore, that's probably because your fridge was already cold. Hot on the other hand could be indicative of too little air flow. In addition to the heat duct, you can sometimes find access panels and, in older fridge models, the water filter chamber. A common issue with side-by-side refrigerators, especially older models, is that the portion between the two compartment doors gets hot. There is a slight odor of an 'electrical' nature when you get … Remove toe grill (see picture below) from the bottom of refrigerator. There’s no need to worry if the lower vent or the back of your fridge is warm unless it is actually quite hot to the touch. I went back to the fridge about a half hour later and it was even hotter than before. If the refrigerator is still cooling, and the mullion is hot to the touch: Condenser coils may be clogged / dirty. To correct the overheated mullion: Turn unit off and unplug the cord. Your freezer’s door seal (also called a gasket) is a protective seal that keeps cold air in and warm … It wasn't turning at all. System Posts: 2,096,985. Frigidaire Gallery side by side fridge: the door-seal area in the center of the unit, where the doors come together, is hot to the touch. Fridge - Coils at the back very hot to touch - Normal? 1. If this is the case, the condenser fan will need to be replaced. They are a tiny warm but not hot. If the fan fails to run when activated, the temperature of the refrigerant will rise and the outside walls may feel extremely hot to the touch. 3. Twice in the last 2 months we have had the following happen. 3. the fridge gets warm as it is no longer cooling. Seeing as your refrigerator is meant to keep things cool, it can be a bit of a shock when part of it is suddenly burning hot. DOOR SEAL. what will be the after effect? 0. I am not sure any fridge should be so hot that you notice it that much. After one hour I observed compressor is getting hot to touch.Then I switched off the fridge.its almost 1.5 years aged fridge. A refrigerator that's working normally becomes cold on the inside and hot on at least part of the outside, usually somewhere in the back. 2. the freezer/fridge cool adjustment controls go dark. 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