Back panel is hot

I have an older amana upright 23 cu freezer. I'm not sure how old it is but the shelves and walls are all aluminum. The outside back of the freezer is hot to touch on left midway down and i'm wondering if this is normal or something I should be concerned with. It is working fine.

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Check it again in a couple of hours to see if it is in its defrost cycle.


The condenser fan motor draws air through the condenser and over the condenser coils. If the condenser fan is not running, check the fan blades for obstructions. Next, ensure that the blades spin freely. If the fan blades do not spin freely, the fan motor bearings are worn out, and the fan motor should be replaced. If no obstructions are present, and the fan blades spin freely, use a multimeter to test the fan motor for continuity. If the condenser fan motor does not have continuity, replace it.

See if the coils are frozen over or very dirty and let me know.


Sounds like it is in the defrost cycle all the time. Here's how to diagnose it:

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Thanks for your suggestion. However it is not in defrost mode and the left side of the back is hot enough you cant leave your hand on it. But its still freezing and temp is -24


Can you tell if it is constantly running?


seems to be going on and off regularly


where would the fan be located? is it in condenser or near condenser? are you talking about the coils that run from the condenser? Those are not frozen over or dirty. There is a small amount of blueish green coloring on the coils


Sadie please give us your model number. The blueish green coloring on the copper coils is called a patina that forms naturally on copper and bronze, sometimes called verdigris, usually consists of varying mixtures of copper chlorides, sulfides, sulfates and carbonates, depending upon environmental conditions. In other words corrosion.


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