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Is the Back of Your Refrigerator Supposed to Be Hot?

Worried about the hot refrigerator rear? Let’s explore what’s normal and what’s not.

It’s not uncommon to feel some warmth when you touch the back of your refrigerator, but excessive heat from the refrigerator rear can sometimes signal a problem. This heat typically comes from the coils and the compressor working to expel heat from inside the unit as part of the normal refrigeration process.

However, when the heat seems excessive, it’s important to understand why it’s happening and when it might be cause for concern.

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Understanding Why Your Refrigerator Rear Might Feel Hot

Normal Heat Dissipation:

  • The refrigerator’s compressor and condenser coils release heat as they operate.
  • This is a normal part of the cooling process.

Poor Ventilation:

  • If the refrigerator is too close to the wall, heat can build up.
  • Ensure there’s adequate space for airflow around the refrigerator.

Dusty or Dirty Coils:

  • When coils gather dust, they can’t efficiently release heat.
  • This causes the back of the fridge to feel hotter than usual.
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Troubleshooting Excessive Heat from Refrigerator Rear

Check the Room Temperature:

  • Refrigerators work harder in warm environments.
  • Ensure your kitchen isn’t excessively hot.

Inspect and Clean the Coils:

  • Pull the refrigerator away from the wall.
  • Use a coil brush and vacuum to clean the coils.

Evaluate the Refrigerator’s Position:

  • There should be a few inches of space between your refrigerator and the walls.
  • This space helps with proper air circulation and heat dissipation.

When to Call Professional Appliance Repair Pros

If the Issue Continues:

  • A persistently hot refrigerator rear can indicate a serious problem.
  • It might be a sign that the cooling system is failing.

Signs of Overheating:

  • If you notice a burning smell or the fridge stops cooling properly.
  • These are urgent signs that require professional attention.
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While it’s normal for the back of your refrigerator to feel warm, excessive heat should not be ignored. Following the above steps can help you maintain your appliance and possibly prevent more serious issues.

However, if you’re unsure or the problem persists, calling Appliance GrandMasters for professional refrigerator repairs is a wise decision to ensure your appliance’s longevity and efficiency.

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About Appliance GrandMasters

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Formerly known as Mr. Rogers Appliances, we rebranded our appliance repair company to Appliance GrandMasters in June 2020. Since then, we have focused on developing our brand to be customer-oriented. 

Fixing appliances has become a passion for us. We enjoy challenges and we are always studying to become the very best.

We accomplish swift and top-notch service by employing efficient and friendly customer service procedures that guarantee accurate answers and solutions. 

Our approach involves the careful selection and comprehensive training for the necessary skills to fulfill our customers’ needs. Through these strategies, we strive to consistently provide exceptional service.