My Kenmore Top Freezer Refrigerator is Burning Hot

I am so confused at to how a refrigerator, that makes things cold and frozen gets so hot in the back that it can actually burn you.

My refrigerator is a ten year old Kenmore top freezer refrigerator about 10 years old. It works fine though I am concerned as to how hot it gets in the back.

The coils are located in back. I have cleaned the coils but it stills gets hot. Is it the refrigeration process that is giving off heat or is there something seriously wrong with my refrigerator?

I have had Kenmore refrigerators all of my life and I don't ever remember this kind of heat coming off of any of them. Or could it also be the fact that it is a top freezer refrigerator?

As you can see, I am so perplexed by this and would love any answers anyone has to offer.


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Apr 06, 2019
Fridges are cool inside warm outside. NEW
by: Anonymous

Fridges don't make cold, they move heat.

All refrigerators work by moving heat (from the inside to the outside).

Think of a fridge as a mini house for food. The AC moves the heat outside and uses needs a fan to mix that heat into the air. The warmer it is outside, the harder the fridge has to work.

Every old fridges had the heat exchange coils outside and on top of the box. New ons put the coils on the back where convention can carry the heat away, or underneath where a fan is necessary.

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