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The rim of my fridge/freezer around the freezer area where the door closes is really hot. The exterior around that area is also warm to the touch. I have attached a couple pics of me pointing an IR guage at the rim part, and inside the freezer. The ambient temp in the house is 75F. The freezer seems to be running almost constantly (I've only been actively observing for about 24hrs). Temps inside seem to be normal (~24F freezer, ~38F fridge).

I am a relatively new homeowner so it is possible I just have not cared to notice in previous rental properties. I'm inclined to believe this is not normal though as I'm normally somewhat observant and would think I would've noticed this in previous properties.

Inside Freezer:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5707740859/

Rim of Freezer:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5707738223/

Any insight would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Philip
 

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#1 HAWKEYE FAN
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that temp is very high, you definitely have a problem. My bet is you have a dirty condenser coil that is totally plugged or you have a condenser motor that is not running. Take the back of your refrig off and clean the coil and make sure that the fan motor back there is running.
 

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I pulled the fridge out, took the back off and the condenser fan was stuck...not running @ all, but likely pulling amps. It was hot as hell back there and I immediately put a house fan on it and directed a conveniently located A/C duct toward the back of the fridge. Here is the temp of the (what I believe is) the compressor (tank looking thing).

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5708746754/

For posterity (after the image link goes dead), the compressor is 199F. I'm assuming that is way too hot and probably had limited time before it went tits up.

I blasted the area w/compressed air and manually spun the fan a couple times...it still wouldn't go. I jiggled the wiring harness to the fan and it suddenly spun up (after a couple sparks). I'm assuming I may need to replace the fan?

Again, thank you hardwareman. After about 45min the compressor is @ 95F at the hottest point...I'm assuming this is within normal operating temp. The temp is 65F on the "rim" where I posted a photo of it being 102F; freezer is much cooler now @ ~0F (fridge is approx the same as before though)...surprisingly large difference in such a short time...that fan really serves a purpose!

I still need to decide what to do to prevent it from happening again. It was pretty dirty...maybe that had a hand
 

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#1 HAWKEYE FAN
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replace the motor, they run about $35.00. clean the coil every 6 months
 

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yes, condenser fan motor
 
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